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.
The United Kingdom has no vaccination obligations, however recommends over 30 vaccines before 6 months of life, including those in pregnancy. Only the French school in London follows the French system with the respective obligations.
While there are no obligations, the pressure placed on parents is enormous and comes through phone calls from the GP, disclaimer forms and sometimes, visits from social services. Some parents believe that vaccines are mandatory for schools and it is very common for a parent to be taken to court by an ex-partner over the vaccination issue.
Many parents are asked to sign a disclaimer if they do not want to vaccinate their child and this constant pressure damages relationships with the family doctor who in some cases refuses to register the unvaccinated at their clinic.
In the UK unvaccinated children are admitted to nurseries, nursery schools and all school grades and examinations.
NB. The Fluenz Live Nasal Spray case - There have been reports of children being vaccinated at school even after written refusal from parents, for this reason many leave their children at home from school on the day of vaccination and some local authorities have fined parents for unauthorized absences, around 50.000 in 2018.
In terms of home education, the UK has been described as one of the most permissive countries in the world.
Protected by human rights legislation, also enshrined in the Education Act 1996, in most of the United Kingdom parents can educate their children at home without interference from the state. There is currently no requirement to register a child before being able to educate them at home and the State cannot intervene unless there is a real concern that the child's wellbeing is in danger. The education provided must be suited to the child's needs, enabling him or her to reach his or her full potential, but it is up to parents, not the state, to determine this suitability.
For more information visit the websiteHSLDA.
For more information visit the websiteNHS.
Recognition and compensation for vaccine injuries
People can report side effects of a vaccine through the system Yellow Card - Making medicines and medical devices safer, but according to the latest official estimates, only 6% of the population is aware of it. These reports serve only to alert the Government of any problems with a drug or vaccine.
We are not aware if there is a law that compensates for vaccine injuries.
Local organizations pro-freedom of choice in the therapeutic field
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