New Italian law requires students to be vaccinated or face repercussions

Ayla Ryan says it is up to individual parents whether they send their unimmunised children to school

Italian children are no longer allowed to attend school unless they can prove they have been properly vaccinated under a new law.

Nicknamed the "Lorenzin law" after the health minister who introduced it, the law allows schools to suspend vaccinated children younger than six years old until they get the shots.

And fines as high as roughly $560 could also be implemented if older children - ages 6 through 16 - are unvaccinated, according to the BBC.

"Italy's measles vaccine coverage was par with Namibia, lower than Ghana", San Raffaele University microbiology and virology professor Roberto Burioni told CNN previous year.

Parents are at risk of being fined up to €500 (AUD$800) if they sent their unvaccinated children to school and children under six can be turned away.

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Health Minister Giulia Grillo said the rules were now simple: "No vaccine, no school". The waiver was heavily criticised by the scientific and medical community, which said it could reverse progress made in boosting Italy's vaccination rates in recent years. ". No vaccine, no school".

These include vaccinations for chickenpox, polio, measles, mumps, and rubella.

The goal of the law, according to a government website, is to fight the gradual decline in Italy's vaccination rates. Those people believe that vaccines are risky and, depending on what misinformation they have absorbed, can cause everything from autism and attention deficit disorder to "vaccine overload", a made-up condition that is not an actual medical term.

Across the world, health authorities are grappling with a global resurgence of measles, with record numbers recorded in Europe and deadly outbreaks in the Philippines and Madagascar.

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