Italy Suspends School Vaccinations

The Italian government has alarmed doctors and scientists by suspending 10 mandatory vaccinations for schoolchildren, including measles, tetanus and polio.

Supporters, including the far-right League party, say the measure prevents school exclusions; scientists say the move will reverse Italy’s inoculation uptick. After years of lagging behind, last year childrens’ uptake of the the first dose of the measles vaccine reached 92%. The move comes amid a wave of vaccine skepticism that may be symptomatic of an overall distrust in institutions, notes data journalist Riccardo Saporiti.

The amendment handily passed in parliament’s upper house Friday, but still has to pass the lower house.


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