Eight vaccines obligatory

Eight vaccines are to be made compulsory from the start of 2018 to add to the present diptheria, tetanus and polio, with all children born after January 1 receiving all 11 vaccines when due.

The new compulsory vaccines are for whooping cough, measles, mumps, German measles, hepatitis B, Haemophilus influenzae, pneumococcal disease and meningococcus.

Health Minister Agnès Buzyn said it is “intolerable” that 10 children had died from measles in France since 2008 and that young people still die from meningitis when vaccines are available.

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