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Children who have not been properly vaccinated will be banned from entering schools in Italy following a surge in the number measles cases across the country.
The new law implemented by political party the Five Star Movement (M5S) will mean parents who choose to send their children to school without the recommended vaccinations will be faced with a fine of up to €500 (£425).
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Under the new Lorenzin law, named after the former health minister Beatrice Lorenzin who introduced it, children under six can also be sent home from nursery if they are not vaccinated.
The law states that children must be inoculated against a range of viruses including chickenpox, polio, measles, mumps, and rubella before they start school.
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The ban, which follows months of national debate, has left some parents falsely claiming their children are vaccinated just to get them into school.
On Monday the current Italian health minister Giula Grillo told La Repubblica newspaper: 'Now everyone has had time to catch up.
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She added: 'No vaccine, no school.'
The government ban comes as Italian authorities...
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