German parents who refuse to vaccinate their children will face a $4000 fine in an attempt to enforce a mandatory measles vaccine.

The German government has proposed a plan to make the measles vaccine compulsory news.com.au reports. The plan will focus on school-aged children where the risk of infection is high.

If the plan is approved, unvaccinated children will not be admitted to childcare centres or schools. Additionally, parents who violate the restrictions will face significant fines up to the value of $4000.

No Excuse

The programs’ aim to achieve 95% coverage by encouraging parents to vaccinate their children is in line with recommendations from the German Paediatrician’s Association.

“We want to protect as many children as possible from measles infection,” German health minister, Jens Spahn, said.

The recent increase in measles cases has been attributed to the growing anti-vax movement, but health authorities note that the 1998 paper that much of the movement is based on, which suggested a link between the vaccine and autism, has proven to be false.

Widespread Support

Once the legislation has been passed in the cabinet and Bundestag, it will not require any further approval and is set to be implemented as soon as March 2020.

Parents will be required to prove that they have vaccinated their child by producing a vaccination certificate or a medical certificate that states that their child has already had measles.

The move has been met with widespread support, but The Greens Party have expressed concerns about the law, saying that vaccination should be encouraged but not made compulsory.

With the rate of measles cases more than doubling worldwide last year, and looking likely to increase further in 2019 according to statistics from the World Health Organisation, perhaps mandatory vaccination is the only way to protect the most vulnerable in the community.

Do you think vaccination should be compulsory? Share your thoughts in the comments.

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  • My kids always get vaccinated – and i give them more vaccinations than what is on the ‘approved’ list. However, I don’t mind the fact that there are people who oppose them, as this opposition could help make vaccinations better and safer. Of course, i don’t want to be near anyone that hasn’t been vaccinated…so i’m a bit left and right!

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  • I would fully support vaccines becoming mandatory as long as they are subsidised by the government. Or at least getting blood work done intermittently to check immunity levels.

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  • I don’t think they should be entitled to free health care if they contract these conditions.

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  • There is no proof that the measles are getting worse from people who do not vaccinate, how is this possible, if you are protected you should not get it but people who are vaccinated are still getting it because natural immunity is at an all time low and the virus keeps mutating, do your research and see what the scientists are saying, they cannot keep up with the mutation of viruses, we need to build up natural immunity back like it used to be.

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  • Good. Enforce it everywhere the vaccine is available. Google drs need to wake upto themselves. Stop putting children at risk of getting preventable diseases!

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  • It will be interesting to follow this story and the outcome.
    It is rather disturbing that cases of measles have doubled worldwide.

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  • Definitely a pro-vaxxer here and yeah, unless there’s a medical reason I’d support compulsory vaccination.

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  • Yes, I agree. Who doesn’t vaccinates his owns kids, puts the others in danger.

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  • No I don’t think vaccination should be made compulsory.

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  • This should be made law everywhere for those who have no medical reason not to vaccinate

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  • I feel it is important to protect all babies, children and adults from bad diseases in our communities and countries. All over the world.

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  • In some cases Measles can be life threatening. Why should little ones not old enough to be vaccinated be put at risk by people who are not vaccinated. It applies to other preventable diseases too

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  • Immunisation against terrible diseases should be compulsory world wide.


    • We do not want diseases to take hold and to spread.

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  • I’d support a higher medicare surcharge for anyone who refuses vaccinations. Its costs a lot of money treating preventable diseases. The arrogant and ignorant should contribute to that bill.

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