Failure To Vaccinate Will Ban Children In Schools, Put All Parents In Jail In Uganda


The government of Uganda passed a somewhat extreme law on March 10 that will send parents to prison for up to six months if they only fail to vaccinate their children. The new law signed by President Yoweri Museveni will also ban children from schools if they don’t have an up-to-date immunization card and relevant boosters. The World Health Organization (WHO) reported in 2015 that 70 out of every 1,000 children in Uganda will die before they turn five. This led the local government to set the law and launch vaccination campaigns to prevent the spread of deadly diseases, like polio and meningitis. In addition, the law was also passed to fight a growing religious cult named 666 that is spreading anti-vaccine ideology in the country. The government aims to prevent leaders of the cult from telling parents not to vaccinate. “It started in a few districts in eastern Uganda,” Health Minister Sarah Achieng Opendi told the BBC. “But now it has spread and now we are seeing it all over the country.”Like us on Facebook Universal Flu Vaccine Could Be A Reality Soon? To date, about 3 percent of children in Uganda have not been vaccinated. However, requiring all children to be vaccinated may still not be effective to prevent the spread of certain diseases as no vaccine is 100 percent effective, according to ScienceAlert. In some cases, even after being immunized, children may still be affected. Some children in Uganda will still remain vulnerable to deadly diseases which the government wants to prevent. In addition, young babies and children with problems in their immune systems are not allowed to be vaccinated. Photo Source: Pixabay, Wikimedia