The fourth cabinet of Chancellor Angela Merkel has mandated measles vaccination for children in Germany effective from March 2020.
The move is aimed at wiping out the deadly disease by up to 95 per cent
The cabinet made it known that only children that have had the vaccine will be admitted in schools, it is also compulsory for staffs in day-care centres, educational institutions, medical facilities, and refugee shelters.
“We want to protect as many children as possible from measles infection,” said Health Minister Jens Spahn.
Anyone who violates the rule will pay a fine of 2,500 euros ($2,800) under the bill that will be passed through the Bundestag lower house of parliament.
The paediatricians’ association in Germany had long demanded for mandatory childhood vaccinations against measles and a range of other diseases.
The UN World Health Organization (WHO) informed that the global efforts to increase immunisation coverage against deadly diseases have been static.
In 2018, 350,000 cases of measles were reported worldwide as twice as much in 2017.
According to World Health Organization they increased fourfold globally in the first quarter of 2019 compared to the same period last year.
Germany recorded 543 cases last year and hundreds so far this year.
Some countries blame the upturn of the disease on the “anti-vax” movement, which is based on a 1998 publication linking the measles vaccine and autism that has since been debunked.