Thirty percent of cases of measles in Italy affected children under the age of five. And: 91 percent of those affected by the virus have not been vaccinated.
In Italy, the risk of measles contraception is the second largest in Europe. Only in France and Greece are measles more widespread.
"Works for vaccination"
Compared to 2017, when 5402 measles were reported, the number of illnesses in Italy halved. Doctors attributed this to the increased number of vaccinations as a result of the vaccine obligation agreed in July 2017. This includes 10 compulsory vaccines for children, including chickenpox, meningitis, tetanus, polio, mumps, coughs and wet leaves.
"Newly-published data show that cases of measles in Italy, halved in 2018 compared to the previous year, testify that mandatory vaccination for school children works," commented Walter Richieards, Italian president of the World Federation of Public Health Associations ( WFPHA). The decrease in the number of measles cases is significant, but Italy should continue to work for more vaccinations. It is the only way to prevent the measles epidemic.
The government has promised to abolish the vaccine
The two ruling powers in Rome – the Five Star Movement and the Legha – pledged in the election campaign for the March 2018 parliamentary elections, but to abolish the vaccination obligation.
Founder of the Five Star Movement, Bepe Grillo, is charged with the belief that vaccination plays an important role in eradicating dangerous diseases. Vaccinations also have significant side effects that, among other things, can cause cancer, allergies and autism. In addition, compulsory vaccines were a gift from the state of the pharmaceutical industry, criticizing Grylloy.
Interior Minister and Lega Executive Director Mateo Saldini also declared anti-vaccination. Although Salgin claims he had vaccinated two children, he believes that the decision should be left to the parents, whether and against whom they will vaccinate their children.
Given that the government of Giuseppe Conte assumed office last June, parents no longer have to provide their children with a certificate from the public health department for the vaccines they took in order to attend a kindergarten and school, and can themselves provide information. The government talks about "flexible vaccination", vaccination is recommended, but it is not arranged.
Parents are advised to vaccinate their children, but they should not be excluded from school if they are not vaccinated, as the law currently prescribes.
PD protests against flexible vaccination
The "flexible vaccination obligation" has sparked a protest by the opposition Democratic Democrat (PD), which adheres to the existing law. "I'm not kidding with children's health," is the slogan of the PP campaign.
In addition, the situation is complicated by the fact that governments in 9 of the 20 regions have announced they will submit constitutional requirements against new vaccination regulations. Thus, the obligation to vaccinate became the subject of a legal dispute before the highest instance.
With the introduction of compulsory vaccination, the already widespread anti-vaccine movement "No Vax" was gaining momentum in Italy. Their followers are suspicious of vaccine specialists and medical professionals. They require an immediate abolition of vaccination.