How countries around the world try to encourage vaccination

(Susan Scutti, CNN) — A new policy in France requires all children born January 1 or later to receive 11 mandatory vaccines.

Vaccines against diphtheria, tetanus and poliomyelitis have always been mandatory in France, while eight — including whooping cough, hepatitis B, measles, mumps and rubella — had been recommended. As of New Year’s Day, the additional eight are mandatory.

Agnes Buzyn, France’s minster of health, said in a statement that the expansion to 11 compulsory vaccines represents 10 injections for children, spread over two years. Already, at least 70% of France’s children have been receiving all 10 injections, while 80% received more than eight, she said.

Why the change? Isabelle Jourdan, a spokeswoman for the ministry, explained that vaccination coverage in France is “not high enough” to meet the World Health Organization recommendation of at least 95%.

The ministry changed the policy to ensure that France will reach the goal.

In Canada, about 85% of children are completely vaccinated, while fewer than 2% of parents are strongly opposed to vaccination, wrote Ève Dubé of the public health institute in Quebec in an email. “The remaining proportion are children who are missing 1-2 doses or 1-2 vaccines.” (…)

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