Vaccination rates rise in Italy and France after law change

Nations increased the number of compulsory immunizations for infants.

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Vaccination coverage in France and Italy has increased following the expansion of mandatory vaccination laws, according to two analyses.

Both countries already required children to receive diphtheria, tetanus and polio vaccinations. Italy also mandated immunization against hepatitis B.

France — home to one of the highest rates of vaccine mistrust in Europe— made eight additional vaccines mandatory for babies born from 2018 onwards, including vaccines against hepatitis B, pneumonia and meningococcal C diseases.

A preliminary analysis of the law’s impact found that rates of these vaccinations were higher among babies born in the first five months of 2018 than among those born in the same period in the previous year.

By: Matthew Warren/Nature News

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