Germany makes measles vaccine compulsory for all children

Cases of measles in the past few years have tripled in Germany, with almost 1000 cases and one child dying in 2017 alone.

July 19, 2019 21:42
Germany makes measles vaccine compulsory for all children

Doctor giving a vaccine to a patient (illustrative). (photo credit: INGIMAGE)

Germany announced, after the rate of measles infections tripled in 2017, that parents that do not vaccinate their children with the measles vaccine from next year and on will be fined with 2,500 Euros.

The incoming law will make the vaccination compulsory at all schools and kindgergartens out of concern for a rise in infections. Homeschooling is illegal in Germany, making schooling, and therein vaccination, mandatory.

The vaccination regulation will also rule in educators in the fine.

German Health Minister Jens Spahn said, "We want to save as many children as possible from the measles infection. Measles is extremely contagious and can take a very nasty, at times deadly, turn."

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