Mandatory Vaccination Stopped For Children In Italy
By Heather Callaghan, Editor
Previously, Italian law mandated that children must have received vaccines slated for 10 different diseases in order to attend preschool and kindergarten.
Yet, a shift in political winds has reversed the government mandate. Mandatory vaccination is expected to be halted in Italy for one full year, allowing all children to attend public school.
A report from News Medical states:
The amendment was passed by the upper house of Italy’s parliament last week Friday. The motion gathered 148 to 110 votes. It still needs to pass the lower house before it can be adopted by the nation.
There were 5004 cases of measles reported in 2017. These numbers ranked second highest after Romania in Europe says the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC). Around 34 percent of all cases of measles in the European Economic area were reported from Italy. Measles is a viral infection that is preventable with vaccination. In July 2017, the Democratic Party as a response to this outbreak introduced this law that necessitated all parents to vaccinate their children before they could enrol[l] them in schools. This compulsory vaccination strategy was opposed by Italy’s Five Star movement and its coalition partner – the far-right League. They said that this would discourage school inclusion. According to league leader and Interior Minister Matteo Salvini in June this year these 10 vaccinations are “useless and in many cases dangerous, if not harmful.” He said, “I confirm the commitment to allow all children to go to school. The priority is that they don’t get expelled from the classes.” Health Minister Giulia Grillo, a Five Star member said that they wanted to amend these rules because they wanted to “spur school inclusion and simplify rules for parents.”
Media reports like the incredibly biased News Medical article above repeat the same lines to bully parents into vaccinating. They think that blocking their ears and dismissing the cries of these parents as reckless, irresponsible, misguided or dumb will pressure them into vaccinating their children under threats of expulsion or livelihoods.
Think about it – vaccines are “so good” that parents in Australia must be threatened to have their children’s dinner and daycare taken away if they don’t comply. How would you react if a coworker affected your life that way to get what they wanted? Why is the medical community pretending that they are mini-dictators? How can anyone pretend there’s a legitimate debate instead of a profound force of will coming from one direction?
Interestingly, the article above listed high infection rates as a reason to keep up mandatory vaccination. But then later it states that the medical community has “warned that the nation was just beginning to see a positive trend in the epidemiology of these important vaccine preventable infections and all the progress could be revered now.”
So, which is it? High infection rates necessitating even more vaccination or a positive trend thanks to vaccination?
Answer: the rates can be high or low and change whenever to to whatever in order to meet the demands of the establishment.