Karma is real and it's chosen a side to support.
Over the past few years, a bad measles outbreak has been occurring in Italy.
The country is the leader in Europe when it comes to the rise of the anti-vax movement. The force of the movement is so strong that it managed to make the government discontinue the law of mandatory childhood vaccination.
However, the voices of reason in Italy's Ministry of Health has recently won the war. The law will be reimposed.
As proof that not only children but adults, too, need vaccinations, Italian anti-vax politician was hospitalized with chicken pox last week.
Some people thought that it was ironic that he got a disease that could have been kept away with a vaccination. Others were glad that the conversation about the necessity of vaccinations will finally be taken seriously.
But a lot of people also seemed to have held onto incorrect medical information.
Anti-vax supporters are campaigning worldwide for the mandatory vaccines against infectious diseases to become optional.
via: GettyBut healthcare officials in Italy are currently celebrating another victory against the anti-vax movement, says Financial Times.
Last week, Italy brought back the law that requires all children to be vaccinated before they start nursery school.
via: GettyIf parents don't vaccinate their children by the time they're 6 years old, they will incur a $560 fine.
This is a highly important victory.
via: ShutterstockItaly has the most active anti-vax campaign in Europe. Some of its senior citizens have even made it official, on paper, that they don't support the use of vaccinations.
The campaign is so powerful that it managed to get the mandatory vaccination law suspended in 2017 after it was introduced due to rapidly rising cases of measles among unvaccinated children.
via: GettyHowever, the fact that the health officials won the law back last week doesn't mean that another policy reversal won't happen.
Vaccinations are important for the elimination of a disease in a nation.
via: GettyThe World Health Organisation states that the key to achieving the elimination of a disease is the vaccination of more that 95% of the population.
Without vaccinations, children are at risk.
via: SutterstockFinancial Times believes that restricting entry to compulsory education is a sensible way to enforce childhood vaccination.
"The people making the choice whether or not to vaccinate are not those who will benefit from the jab but their parents," they say.
via: GettyIn the U.S., vaccination policies vary widely across the states.
A lot of them allow parents to ask for a "religious exemption."
via: ShutterstockBut none of the most widely practiced religions actually officially oppose the use of vaccinations.
Others allow a "personal belief" or "philosophical" exemption.
via: GettyThe only way to exempt a child from a mandatory vaccination, Financial Times says, is on medical grounds with strong scientific evidence. An example would be if a child has an immune system disease that would interact negatively with the vaccine.