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Italian schools ban kids with no vaccination

IANS  |  Rome 

School authorities in Italy's region have banned several children from attending because their parents failed to comply with a government deadline, said.

The children belong to four different families, Italian news agency has reported.

against such as measles, polio, and were made mandatory for kids aged up to 16 years. The number of went up from four to 10, reported.

Completing these are a pre-requisite for children to attend school.

has seen a drop-off in immunisations in the midst of highly organised "no-vax" campaigns claiming that vaccines cause

The populist Five and the rightwing League, the two winners of Italy's March 4 general election, have endorsed "no-vax" positions in the past and oppose mandatory immunisations.

A epidemic flared up in beginning in January 2017. Almost 5,000 people were infected and four died, the said.

Of the cases, 92 were children under five years old and 28 were infants under 12 months old, while 91 per cent of those affected had not been vaccinated, according to the Superior Institutes of Health (ISS).

Measles, a leading causes of childhood mortality, has the potential for large outbreaks wherever coverage has dropped below the necessary threshold of 95 per cent of the population, the Health Organization said.



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First Published: Thu, May 03 2018. 14:46 IST