The French Government plans to submit a law requiring children under two to be vaccinated for eleven types of illness. The Minister of Health, Agnès Buzyn, considers vaccination in France “insufficient”.
The Government of France has announced on Wednesday that it will impose by 2018 a law that establishes mandatory vaccination of children for eleven types of illness, a measure that will be included in a project to be evaluated in the French parliament this fall.
The Minister of Health, Agnès Buzyn, has detailed Wednesday at a press conference that at the end of the year will be presented a text of law to impose compulsory vaccination for children under two years, as reported in the daily Le Monde.
At present only three types of vaccines are mandatory, those of diphtheria, tetanus and poliomyelitis. However, eight other cases will be added: pertussis, hepatitis B, Pfeiffer’s bacillus, pneumococcus, meningococcus C (the bacterium that causes meningitis) and measles, mumps and rubella virus.
In this way, the French government plans to bring this legislation into effect (the Social Security Financing Act) at the beginning of next year. Buzyn has argued that “vaccination coverage in France is insufficient” and that the decision to include eight other vaccines within the concept of compulsion responds to a public health problem, since some diseases already eradicated have begun to reappear.
In this way, she pointed out that “vaccination has saved millions of lives.” However, since 2008, at least 10 people have died from measles, which he called “intolerable.” She added that they can not accept that “children and adolescents die because they have not been vaccinated”.