Measles: German Minister Proposes Steep Fines for Anti-Vaxxers

German Health Minister Jens Spahn is proposing a law that allows for fining parents of unvaccinated children up to €2,500 ($2,800). The conservative lawmaker said he wants to ‘eradicate’ measles.

5 May 2019

DEUTSCHE WELLE — Parents in Germany who refuse to vaccinate their children against measles would be required to pay up to €2,500 ($2,800) in fines and their children would be thrown out of kindergarten, according to a draft law put forward by Health Minister Jens Spahn.

“I want to eradicate measles,” Spahn told the mass circulation Bild am Sonntag paper. “All parents should be secure in the knowledge that their children will not be infected and endangered by measles.”

Germany’s Robert Koch Institute believes that 93% of children have the necessary immunization. However, this is still short of the recommended 95% rate.

Spahn said the kindergarten ban would help protect children too young to receive any immunization shots.

“Kindergartens have children under 10 months of age, who are too young for vaccinations and are therefore especially threatened,” Spahn told the paper. […]

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