Surging childhood immunization rate in Europe

The rate of childhood immunization surged in Europe after a vast range of vaccinations were made compulsory in both Italy and France.

Public health specialists see this as good news in the combat against surging potentially deadly diseases, whereas, the vaccination skeptics are concerned about civil rights and safety issues.

As in the US, both Italy and France have long mandated childhood vaccinations for diphtheria, polio, and tetanus. In Italy, there was also a requirement of school-age children to be vaccinated against hepatitis B.

Two years back, after an enormous outbreak of measles, another 6 vaccinations were mandated by Italy, inclusive of shots for measles, Haemophilus influenza B, rubella, mumps, pertussis is also known as whooping cough, and varicella also known as chickenpox.

In the following year, France made it compulsory for the infants to be given another 8 vaccines, in order for them to being allowed to be enrolled in school.

In a newly published study in Eurosurveillance, which is a journal for Disease Prevention and Control, it was found by the French researchers that rates of vaccination significantly increased amongst children born a year back when compared with those children who were born earlier and not subjected to the newer requirements.

In France, the vaccination rate for hepatitis B surged from almost 92 percent two years back to 98 percent last year, while an increase from 98 to 99.4 in the rate of pneumococcal vaccination.

The coverage of vaccine for the first dose of meningococcal C vaccine boosted to 75.7 percent from 39.3 percent.

In addition to this, vaccines that are not concerned by the law and vaccine coverage for kids have also shown a rising trend, demonstrating a progressive impact of the ongoing communication strategy on vaccination, beyond the extension of vaccination mandates, the report revealed.