German government supports bill on mandatory vaccination of children against measles

July 19, 2019  15:42

The German government supported the bill, according to which all children will be required to receive a measles vaccine ahead of a kindergarten or school, DW reported

From March 2020, parents will need to submit a certificate to educational institutions.

In case of refusal to fulfill this requirement, parents will face significant penalties - up to 2500 euros.

"We want to protect all children from measles infection," Health Minister Jens Spahn said. "Measles is extremely contagious and can take a very nasty, sometimes deadly, turn.”

Measles vaccination will be mandatory for private nannies, employees of kindergartens, schools, medical facilities, and other public institutions. Measles vaccinations will also be mandatory for refugees and asylum seekers living in dormitories.

The measure still needs to be passed by Germany's parliament, the Bundestag.

According to the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control, one of the highest measles incidence rates in Europe was found in Germany: 651 patients from March 2018 to February 2019. By mid-June of this year, 429 measles cases were reported in Germany, the Health Ministry reported.

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