The number of fines for parents refusing to vaccinate their children doubled in two years

THE NUMBER of parents in Slovakia refusing to have their children vaccinated against potentially deadly diseases has been growing recently despite the fact that fines of up to €331 are in place for those who fail to comply with the rules, the Sme daily reported on January 19.

THE NUMBER of parents in Slovakia refusing to have their children vaccinated against potentially deadly diseases has been growing recently despite the fact that fines of up to €331 are in place for those who fail to comply with the rules, the Sme daily reported on January 19.

According to the Public Health Office, the number of cases in which parents refused to have their children inoculated in 2012 stood at 1,219, while regional hygiene offices handed out a total of 140 fines in response. In 2013, the number of cases rose to as many as 2,595, with 275 fines.

No figures concerning the number of refusals have been provided for last year as of yet, but the daily has discovered the number of fines for non-compliance increased again to 369 even though the penalty had been increased by almost 100 percent since 2012.

Source: Sme

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