As the anti-vaxx movement gains momentum in Italy, the Italian government has been thinking of measures to counter its growth and now has made compulsory 12 jabs for schoolchildren up to the age of 16.
The new measures are aimed at tackling anti-scientific information, that’s spreading really fast in the country also thanks to some political parties who thrive on spreading anti-establishment misinformation.
Twelve vaccines have been made mandatory by the government, including measles, rubella and chickenpox, starting this September for children attending Italian pre-schools through the second year of high school. Other required vaccines include tetanus, diphtheria, polio and hepatitis B.
The health minister has declared that children won’t be admitted into nursery or preschool without the vaccines, while the parents of children legally obliged to attend school will face hefty fines for not complying.