Vaccines, the Italian government’s task force against psychosis and fake news

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The Italian government in defense of vaccines. By decree law, Palazzo Chigi has passed the mandate of twelve vaccines for enrollment in kindergartens and nursery schools: only vaccinated children will be able to access it, and the text provides for economic sanctions to parents who choose not to vaccinate their children to primary school onwards.
Gentiloni’s executive rescues an exceptional and urgent measure, as is a decree law to be converted into law by Parliament no more than 60 days, to put a halt to the decline in vaccine in Italy, a direct consequence of the wide-ranging debate in the country on suspected collateral effects of vaccination.

The twelve vaccines, some of which were already compulsory, are: polio, diphtheria, tetanus, hepatitis B, pertussis, type B haemophilus, anti meningococcus B, measles, rubella, mumps, varicella, antimeningococco C. Before the central government, some Italian regions already had moved to combat the growing skepticism (dangerous and unjustified) against vaccines, indispensable antidote to fight and win many diseases. It had already happened in Emilia Romagna, for example, in which you have to be already vaccinated to attend kindergartens.

Antipsychotic psychosis, suspected in the most superficial and improvised judgments of having a connection with autism, a supposed hypothesis of any scientific foundation, had caused the concerns of the Ministry of Health: the measles vaccinations, for example, are indispensable in order to avoid possible complications, such as pneumonia and meningitis.

The vaccine task force, however, seems to be only an Italian fight: in the EU, only 14 out of 29 countries (including Iceland and Norway) have at least one compulsory vaccination. The remaining 15 (including Spain, Germany, Portugal and United Kingdom) do not foresee an obligation, but expressly advise them to undergo major vaccines. Two hundred and eighty million European citizens have freedom of choice on the subject: the aim is to persuade their citizens through information campaigns, perhaps too arbitrary, considering how many victims have been in history in Europe due to illnesses, such as polio. However, it should be pointed out that this strategy has not caused any increase in public health epidemics or threats but only small drops of vaccine cover. Inform, recommend, advise: European countries that do not require vaccination are on these tracks.

Specifically, according to a survey of Eurosurveillance, vaccines against polio are required in 12 states, those against diphtheria and tetanus are prescribed in 11 countries, the Hepatitis B vaccination is planned in 10 nations. As is the case in Germany, the United States and Canada have adopted a mixed strategy: no sanctions are foreseen for non-vaccination, but admission to school is accepted through a medical certification.

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