Mandatory vaccinations in Croatia
Looks like Croatia has beaten the US into the 21st Century.
Croatia's Constitutional Court has upheld compulsory vaccination laws against nine infectious diseases. The court's statement has been translated as reading, Ã¢ÂÂThe childÃ¢ÂÂs right to health is more than the rights of parents to the (wrong) choice.Ã¢ÂÂ
Croatia and its neighbor Slovenia have been at the forefront of universal vaccination. While most governments advocate in favor of vaccination, and in some cases provide financial incentives, only a few make childhood vaccination compulsory.
Since Croatia made vaccinations universal in 1999 diphtheria, whooping cough and measles have disappeared entirely and tuberculosis has decreased by 93%, tetanus by 97% and hepatitis B by 65%.
The implications of a let up in vaccination regimes can be seen in Syria where the war has interrupted the childhood immunization program. As a result polio, recently confined to just three countries, is now spiraling out of control in Syria. Children, including those who make it to refugee camps in surrounding countries, are being sentenced to lifelong paralysis.
Failing to vaccinate a child against a transmissible disease is analogous to strapping a bomb to their chest and sending them out in public - if something triggers an explosion they are the most likely one to die, but there is a substantial risk everyone close to them will get hurt as well.
Here is a link that might be useful: Croatian court upholds vaccine mandate