IMPORTANT NOTE: This information provides a snapshot of the European situation in September 2023. Please note that for more specific and up-to-date information on a single country, it is advisable to contact the local organisations.
German Measles Protection Law stipulates that from March 2020, children and staff in kindergartens and schools, medical facilities and community settings must be vaccinated against measles. This includes residences for asylum seekers, refugee shelters and holiday camps. Parents who do not vaccinate their school-age children will face heavy fines of up to 2.500 euros.
Naturally, the single vaccine against measles does not exist, therefore in fact it translates into a requirement for at least 3 vaccines.
NB In reality there is not really a vaccination obligation but an obligation to demonstrate immunity to measles which can be obtained in one of the following cases:
medical exemption certification (it is almost never accepted);
Point 3 is the one that many parents use, an antibody titration is done and if the child has measles IgG, then an exemption can be obtained.
For further information, here is the link to the German Ministry of Health website: https://www.bundesgesundheitsministerium.de/impfpflicht/faq-masernschutzgesetz.html
Nurseries and nurseries are only permitted for those vaccinated against measles.
Article 6 of the Constitution states that "(1) Marriage and the family are under the special protection of the State. (2) The care and education of children is a natural right of parents and first and foremost their duty. The State supervises their exercise." German law, while recognizing this priority of parental responsibility, does not allow homeschooling on the basis of parents' religious or pedagogical beliefs; it is only allowed for medical reasons, and even then it is rarely allowed.
There are, however, a number of Germans, including some associated with Christian communities, who educate their children at home, although not without legal difficulties. As homeschooling has grown, more families have left the country in response to the difficulties they encountered.
For more information visit the websiteHSLDA.
For more information visit the websiteEcdc.
Recognition and compensation for vaccine injuries
Data not yet collected
Local organizations pro-freedom of choice in the therapeutic field
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