Italian Politician Who Voted Against Vaccination Bill Is Hospitalized With Chicken Pox

Italian politician Massimiliano Fedriga who opposed mandatory vaccinations, was placed under observation for four days after contracting the chicken pox. According to local media Il Fatto Quotidiano.

Fedriga has previously argued against Lorenzin law, which made vaccination for 10 diseases—including polio and measles—compulsory for all children before they would be allowed to attend school.

Massimiliano Fedriga opposed a law making inoculations for six illnesses, including chickenpox and measles, compulsory
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After announcing he was sick and being mocked by Italians, he said his children are vaccinated but says such measures should not be forced on other people.

Massimiliano Fedriga is the president of the Friuli-Venezia Giulia region and member of the right-wing Northern League party, which is openly skeptical of vaccinations and science during election campaign.

Anti-vax rally in Rome

Roberto Burioni MD, an Italian microbiologist, said he hopes Fedriga’s illness will alert other skeptical parents.

“If he had infected a pregnant woman we would be facing a malformed child or an abortion. The only way we have to avoid such tragedies … is to inoculate everyone to prevent the circulation of this dangerous virus, which could have hit a more vulnerable person.”

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Source: The Times

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