In Italy, an eight-year-old boy who just defeated leukemia can not return to school because he is still weak and more students are not vaccinated, which in Italy revived the debate on compulsory vaccinations.
The boy has been exposed to chemotherapy in recent months, which ended in December last year, but his immune system is still weak, and doctors are afraid that they might get a disease such as measles or rabies that would be fatal due to his condition. current health.
In his class there are several colleagues who are not vaccinated, so doctors have recommended that they stay home and avoid any contact with them.
The case jeopardized the family and re-opened the debate in society about the gaps represented by Italian law.
The child's mother told Sky TV that she believed that about 100 students at school 24 were unplanned and that she was "at least five" in the class of her son, which is the position of the management of the center. she always responded "with evasiveness" and without providing a solution.
The previous government of the Democratic Party (PD, left center) tried to stop the worrying situation, as in Italy in 2017 there were 5,402 cases of measles and 4 deaths – compared to 862 in 2016, according to the World Health Organization.
Therefore, it is legally binding for parents to immunize children with ten vaccines: against paralysis, diphtheria, tetanus, hepatitis B, pertussis, haemophilus B, measles, rubella, mumps and varicella.
But, as the pediatric Anna Maria De Nigris recalls in the Efe statements, they were compulsory for only two years, which means that there are children who have not done this time and who must do so now.
Or even adolescents and children who "were not vaccinated against varicella and did not have to, because this case is mandatory only for those born after 2017".