Introduction of new and reinforcement of existing compulsory vaccinations in Italy: first evaluation of the impact on vaccination coverage in 2017.

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Euro Surveill. 2018 May;23(22). doi: 10.2807/1560-7917.ES.2018.23.22.1800238.

Introduction of new and reinforcement of existing compulsory vaccinations in Italy: first evaluation of the impact on vaccination coverage in 2017.

DAncona F1 DAmario C2 Maraglino F2 Rezza G1 Ricciardi W1 Iannazzo S2.

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Abstract

In June 2017 a decree-law to increase the number of mandatory vaccinations from 4 to 10 for minors up to 16-years-old was issued in Italy. The vaccination coverage for 2017 showed a positive impact for all the vaccines particularly for the measles mumps and rubella vaccine at 91.6% for the year 2017 showing a 4.4% increase compared with 2016 (87.2%). Continued monitoring is needed to evaluate the medium to long-term effects of the law.

KEYWORDS:

Vaccines and immunisation; mandatory vaccination; measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine; vaccination coverage

PMID: 29871721 DOI: 10.2807/1560-7917.ES.2018.23.22.1800238

 

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