While we know there’s a segment of parents who are staunchly opposed to vaccines, we also know there’s a segment on the fence because of all the confusing controversey. But a new law may have just the thing to sway them towards immunizations: fines.
That’s the plan in Germany, where a law going into effect this month will require kindergartens to inform authorities if parents don’t provide evidence that a doctor has counseled them on childhood vaccines. Any parents who refuse this advice will face fines up to 2,500 euros ($2,800).
This measure comes as a result of a spike in preventable diseases like measles. According to the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC), 711 cases were reported in Germany in the 12-month span following April 2016. And 411 of those occured in the first three months of 2017 alone.
“Within the EU, there are ongoing…