Unvaccinated Italian Kids Turned Away From School
Some 300 children in Bologna were left out this week after the government suddenly decided to enforce compulsory vaccinations. By law, children must be immunized for measles, mumps, rubella and polio, and without written evidence of shots, children under 6 years old cannot be enrolled at nurseries or kindergartens. Several dozen students were also turned away in Veneto, as well as smaller numbers in Florence, Lucca and Naples.
Why the surprise? Italy’s populist ruling coalition, which had long criticized the law, had been accused by doctors of spreading harmful conspiracy theories about vaccinations.