Trieste, November 29 - The council of the north-eastern city of Trieste decided overnight to make it obligatory for children to have been vaccinated for several illnesses in order to enroll at city nursery schools. The obligation will kick in for the 2017-18 school year. The move makes Trieste the first Italian city to make vaccinations for diphtheria, tetanus, polio, and hepatitis B obligatory for all children attending public pre-schools. The Emilia-Romagna regional government recently said it would only allow vaccinated children to register at daycare centers and Lazio Governor Nicola Zingaretti has said he will propose a similar measure for the region around Rome. Experts have said that a decline in vaccination rates in Italy in recent years could allow defeated diseases to make a comeback.
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