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article imageCroatia enforces child vaccinations

By Tim Sandle     Mar 29, 2014 in Health
A constitutional court has upheld the requirement that Croatian children be vaccinated for hepatitis, measles, pertussis (whooping cough), diphtheria, irrespective of the views of the parents.
Croatia has decreed that all children born in the country will be vaccinated against a suite of diseases, including hepatitis, measles, pertussis (whooping cough), and diphtheria, according the newspaper Večernji list.
The presiding judge of the constitutional court that made the declaration has said, according to the Daily Beast: “The child’s right to health is more important than the rights of parents to the (wrong) choice." This means that all children must now receive shots for DPT (diphtheria, pertussis, tetanus), polio, haemophilus influenza B, MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) and tuberculosis.
The reason for the court's declaration is in response to a growing anti-vaccination movement in the country. Some 10,000 people have so far signed a petition stating that “the vaccination of healthy children poses a threat to their health,” according to The Hairpin.
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