Sunday 18 August 2019

Unvaccinated children in daycare? Parents should be told, say MPs

syringes vaccinationThere is majority support in parliament for measures to force daycare centres to inform parents if there are children present who have not been vaccinated, news agency ANP said on Friday.

There is mounting concern about the number of parents who are not having their babies vaccinated, which experts say poses a risk to others.

‘Parents have a right to know,’ D66 MP Steven van Weyenberg told ANP. He is planning to ask social affairs minister Lodewijk Asscher to look into banning non-vaccinated children from crèches.

The public health institute RIVM recently launched a major campaign to provide better information for parents about the vaccination programme.

Figures show over nine in 10 children take part in the state vaccination programme, which runs from the age of 0 to 19. However, the take-up rate among newborns has fallen 0.5% for the past two years and is declining in fundamentalist Protestant and Free School communities, the RIVM says.

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