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May 23, 2019

Hundreds of unvaccinated Italian kids not allowed to enter schools

March 14, 2019
Hundreds of young students in Bologna, Italy, were denied school access for not being vaccinated. (ayo888 / Getty Images/iStockphoto)

No school immunizations, no entry!

That was the message from educational officials in Bologna, Italy, where nearly 300 young students were turned away for not being vaccinated.


After a temporary measure allowed children to stay in school as long as parents asserted their kids had received the necessary shots, a 2017 law went back into effect that required 10 mandatory vaccines, including measles, rubella, chickenpox, polio and mumps, reported the BBC.

In Bologna, located in the country’s central-northern area, about 300 nursery students unable to offer vaccination documents, were turned away on Monday.

The new law came amid a surge in measles cases, but Italian officials say vaccination rates have improved since it was introduced.

A March 10 deadline for certification was put into effect, and those who couldn’t honor it were denied access.

“Now, everyone has had time to catch up,” said Health Minister Giulia Grillo. “No vaccine, no school.”

Parents risk being fined up to $600 if they send their unvaccinated children to school. Kids under the age of 6 can be turned away.

Children between 6 and 16 can’t be banned from attending schools, although their parents can face fines for not completing mandatory immunizations.

Under Italy’s Lorenzin law, which was named after the former health minister who introduced it, schoolkids must receive mandatory immunizations before being admitted to school.

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