Rp. 40 million fine for German parents who are not vaccines for their children

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Rp. 40 million fine for German parents who are not vaccines for their children

Rp. 40 million fine for German parents who are not vaccines for their children

The increasingly alarming measles epidemic in Europe is forcing Germany to fine parents who do not give measles vaccine to their children.

The latest bill of the German Health Minister provides for a fine of up to 2,500 euros, or about 40 million rupees for parents who do not vaccinate their children.

"I want to eradicate measles," German Health Minister Jens Spahn told Bild am Sontag, quoted by CNN.

Spahn said that all parents must show proof of vaccination of their children when they enter kindergarten and daycare.

"Anyone who enters kindergarten or school needs to be vaccinated against measles," Spahn said.

The proposed regulation appears because Germany is one of the countries with the most cases in Europe from March 2018 to February this year. According to the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC), the number of measles cases in Germany reached 651 cases.

By applying this rule, Germany follows in the footsteps of New York, the United States, which has already imposed fines of up to US $ 1,000 or Rs 14.3 million to those who do not have proof. vaccination against measles.

Measles threatens Europe

The World Health Organization (WHO) warns Europeans against the increasingly threatening spread of measles outbreaks.

In the first two months of 2019, there were 34,300 measles cases in Europe, 11,436 more than in the same period last year. A total of 13 deaths were reported in Albania, Romania and Ukraine.

"If the treatment of epidemics is not rapid and complete, the virus will spread to many vulnerable people and potentially to other countries in the European region and beyond," said an official statement from the European Commission. WHO.

In Europe, Ukraine is the country with the most measles outbreaks in the first two months of 2019. More than 25,000 cases of measles have been reported in the country.

Measles cases have increased significantly in Europe in recent years. The number of measles cases reached 83,540 in 2018, with 74 deaths. Compare that with 25,869 cases and 42 deaths in 2017, and 5,273 cases and 13 deaths in 2016.

WHO cited a number of factors explaining the increase in the number of measles cases in Europe, including reduced or stagnant immunization coverage, low coverage at local and regional level or among marginalized groups and immunity deficiency seniors.
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