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In brief
A decrease in vaccination levels has lead to an increase in measles and other preventable diseases taking lives across Europe. To combat this, numerous countries are implementing legislation to ensure their citizens are protected.
Europe’s vaccine nightmare
France’s Prime Minister Édouard Philippe has announced that the government will make the 11 vaccines universally recommended by health authorities mandatory from 2018 onward. The announcement comes in response to measles outbreaks across Europe, with 79 cases reported in France in January and February alone. Philippe branded the state of affairs “unacceptable.”
The resurfacing of diseases like measles is believed to be caused by people believing less and less in the power of vaccines. In France, a recent survey found that three in 10 people don’t trust vaccines, with …