Yesterday, Germany passed a law introducing fines up to €2,500 for parents who fail to vaccinate school-age children against measles.
The law will come into force in March 2020. Now parents will also have to produce proof of vaccination for younger children before they can be accepted into nurseries or preschools, attend community centers or holiday camps.
German health minister Jens Spahn described the law as “child protection,” saying, “A measles infection is an unnecessary threat in 2019.”
For vaccinations to be effective, 95% coverage is necessary to achieve so-called “herd immunity,” when circulating viruses die out, unable to find a host.
Currently, 93% of German children starting school are vaccinated against measles.
Do you support the Germans’ decision?