By Pietro Monari
Age of Autism is grateful to Pietro for sending in important background to this power abuse.
Friday the government passed a bill (yes, the government and NOT the parliament. The government can do that in conditions of urgency/emergency. Only, there is no emergency. Anyway - the bill is immediately active but must be approved by the parliament within 60 days or it is dead) according to which starting from now there are 12 mandatory shots: the usual 6 of the hex vaccines, MPRV, MenB and MenC (only prevnar is out apparently). Kids from 0 to 6 years who are not vaccinated according to the schedule will not be admitted to public schools/kindergartens. From 6 to 16 years old they can go to school but the parents will have to pay a fine of up to 7500€ for every child and every new year their child shows up in school without being up to the schedule for all the 12 shots. They have done this all of a sudden, without discussing the issue with anyone - not even the parliament - nobody. Why those 12 shots they did not say - which experts they consulted and with which possible conflicts of interest they did not say - nothing. They just came out of the blue with this new incredible draconian rule and that's it. The bill is even more horrible because it allows the very wealthy to get by without giving the shots to their children if so they want. All the others will have no choice, the fine is just so incredibly big. Now a huge movement of people horrified and outraged by this bill is starting. Still at a very early stage, some confusion, trying to cope with the shock and react rationally but with the necessary vigor before it's too late (and it is already very, very late). During the last two years parents discussing the vaccination schedule even minimally have been the target of vicious attacks from the mainstream media and the government. Doctors who dare questioning vaccines even in the mildest way are targeted too and some have already lost their licence - only because of the opinions they expressed - and apparently not because of any wrong doing with a patient or anything. Doctors who dare questioning not the vaccines themselves but simply the fact that they must be made compulsory are immediately attacked too. We were not used to this in Italy - this vaccination issue was handled in a reasonable and civilized way after all - now they have totally changed their approach - they have radicalized the issue and polarized the public.