Germany to sue parents if they fail to support vaccination for their children

Germany is expected to pass a law next week that will require kindergartens to inform authorities if parents have not consulted a doctor to vaccinate their children, and those who refuse counseling are subject to fines of one Maximum value of $ 2,800.

The law, which is expected to come into effect on June 1, will occur as EU leaders move forward to tighten vaccination laws against measles, chickenpox and mumps. By mid-April, German health officials had counted 410 cases of measles compared to 325 in 2016, the BBC reported.

"No one can be indifferent to the fact that people are still dying of measles," Reuters told Health Minister Hermann Groehe at the Bild newspaper. "This is why we are strengthening vaccination regulations."

The lack of public confidence in vaccines has caused many preventable diseases, Reuters said. Experts said that negative attitudes may be due to fears about suspected side effects and hesitation in some doctors.

Last week, Italy ruled that children must be vaccinated against common diseases in order to qualify for enrollment in kindergarten. In doing so, officials criticized widespread "anti-scientific" theories and accused the 5-star movement of creating fear about vaccine safety.

"The lack of appropriate measures over the years and the spread of anti-scientific theories, especially in recent months, have resulted in a reduction in protection," Reuters told Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni at a press conference.