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Germany makes measles vaccination mandatory for children



The measles protection law, approved by the Bundestag on Thursday, requires all parents to provide evidence that their child received two measles vaccines before being enrolled in a school or kindergarten.

Medical personnel, kindergarten workers, teachers and community workers must also be vaccinated under the law, which is due to enter into force in March 2020, a spokesman for the Ministry of Health told CNN.

There is a resurgence of measles, a highly infectious viral disease that can spread in the air when an infected person coughs or sneezes – all over the world.

Symptoms of the disease – which can also be spread by touching dirty surfaces ̵

1; may include fever, coughing, runny nose, watery eyes, and red spot rash.

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

Under the new law, parents will have to submit a certificate to an educational institution proving that their child has received both vaccinations. Parents who do not inoculate their children will receive a fine of EUR 2,500.

Day care centers that accept non-vaccinated children will also be charged, and non-vaccinated children may be excluded from school, according to the ministry.

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