New compulsory vaccinations for children in France

The government has announced that from 2018 an additional 8 vaccines will be made compulsory in France for children under the age of 2. At the moment there are only 3 compulsory vaccinations – diphtheria, polio and tetanos (DTP).

Vaccinations that will become compulsory from next year are as follows:

  • Haemophilius influenzae Type B – against the bacteria responsible for meningitis, pneumonia, and other serious infections
  • Whooping cough (la coqueluche)
  • Hepatitis B (l’hépatite B)
  • Measles (la rougeole)
  • Mumps (les oreillons)
  • Rubella (la rubéole)
  • Meningococcal C – against the bacteria responsible for certain meningitis (méningocoque C)
  • Pneumococcal – against the bacteria responsible for meningitis, pneumonia and sepsis  (le pneumocoque)

At the moment, these vaccinations are recommended but not mandatory. See here for further information on the current vaccination schedule in France.

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