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“No vaccine, no school”: the stark reality of how low vaccination rates cause a threat to everyone

Unvaccinated children aren't only at risk themselves—if too few people receive their vaccinations, the protection of "herd immunity" can be threatened

By Kelly Oakes  

Health officers preparing the Measles Rubella vaccine before immunization. Photo: PA

“No vaccine, no school” is how Italy’s health minister described a new law that came into force in the country last week.

In an effort to increase poor vaccine uptake, children under six will now be turned away from nursery if parents can’t prove they’ve had a range of mandatory vaccinations, including those for chickenpox, polio, measles, mumps, and rubella. While older children can’t be banned from school, parents can be fined up to €500 if they send…

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