BERLIN, May 7 (Xinhua) – Parents in Germany who refuse to vaccinate their children against measles may receive fines of up to 2,500 euros ($ 2,800), according to a bill submitted by Health Minister Jens Spahn.
The minister also proposed that children without measles vaccination be banned from day care to protect children who are too young or medically unable to receive measles immunization.
"I want to eradicate measles," Spahn told the German daily Bild am Sonntag Sunday.
Germany recorded one of the highest numbers of measles cases among EU / EEA member countries between March 2018 and February of this year, with 651, according to the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control. At the top of the list was Italy, with 2,498 reported cases.
Around the world, measles has killed about 110,000 people, most of them children, in 2017, 22% more than the previous year, according to a recent study published by the United Nations Children's Fund.
Only in the first three months of this year, more than 110,000 cases of measles were recorded worldwide, almost 300% over the same period last year.
The lack of health infrastructure, low awareness, civil disorder, complacency and a reaction against vaccination in some cases were driving forces in these recent outbreaks of measles, according to the agency.