Anti-vaxx parents in Germany could be fined €2,500 if their children don't get the measles jab
Parents in Germany who choose not to vaccinate their children against measles could face a hefty €2,500 fine, according to draft legislation drawn up by the country's Health Minister Jens Spahn.
If passed, the law would also entail the exclusion of children from preschool and daycare facilities.
The proposed legislation comes amid tense debates in Germany as to whether or not the MMR vaccine should be made compulsory.
The number of measles cases has soared to 704 in the US:
"I want to eradicate measles," Spahn told the Bild am Sonntag."Anyone going to a kindergarten or school should be vaccinated against measles. Whoever does not get their child vaccinated, faces up to €2,500 in fines."
The health minister said he believes he has broad support for the proposed law in Germany's coalition government made up of Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives, which includes himself, and the left-leaning Social Democrats.
Social Democrat health policy expert Karl Lauterbach told the Augsburger Allgemeine that the law would "not work without fines".
An entire cruise ship was quarantined amid fears of a measles outbreak:
The stringent piece of legislation was drawn up in the wake of the country's measles infections tripling to nearly 1,000 cases in 2017, even causing the death of a child.
Health experts have expressed concerns over a resurgence of the highly infectious disease in developed nations as parents refuse to get their children vaccinated.