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Germany makes measles vaccination compulsory, parents face fine of €2,500

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Christian Fernsby ▼ | November 15, 2019
Germany's parliament has voted to make measles vaccinations compulsory for children.
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Parents who fail to immunize their children facing fines of €2,500.

The Measles Protection Act, which the Bundestag approved, requires all parents to provide evidence that their child has received two measles vaccinations before they are enrolled in school or kindergarten.

Medical staff, daycare workers, teachers and workers at community facilities must also be vaccinated under the act, which is due to come into effect in March 2020.

Germany had registered 501 measles cases between January and mid-October 2019, according to the Ministry of Health.

Under the new law, parents will have to present a certificate to the educational institution proving their child has received both vaccinations. Parents who do not inoculate their children will face a fine of €2,500.

Daycare centers that admit unvaccinated children will also be charged, and children who are not vaccinated can be excluded from school, according to the ministry.