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Brazilian Courts Order Families to Innoculate Their Children

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Amidst the drop in vaccination coverage and the reappearance of eradicated diseases such as measles, cases of families that fail to innoculate their children have reached the courts, which now determine the immunization of children.

Over the past six months, there have been at least three events in the country. Experts explain that vaccination is a right provided for in the Statute of the Child and Adolescent (ECA) and that the lack of protection against diseases endangers children's lives. In such cases, parents may be fined and even lose custody of the child.

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