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There is a new law in Italy. Italian Children cannot go to school without vaccinations. Vaccinations are when children get shots. These shots stop them from getting diseases. Some people believe vaccinations are bad. They think vaccinations cause problems. There have been many arguments about vaccinations.

Parents will pay €500 if they send their child to school without vaccinations. Recently, many people have been getting the measles. The measles is a very bad disease. The measles vaccination stops it very easily. People stopped getting the measles many years ago. This happened because of the vaccine. People have started getting it again because they don’t get the vaccine.

Children under six years old will not be allowed at school. Children 6 – 16 years old can go to school but their parents will get large fines. The Italian Health Minister said, “No vaccine, no school.”

Difficult words

Vaccination/Vaccine: A treatment to stop diseases.

Shots: When a needle put into the skin by a doctor or nurse.

Disease: A sickness.

Recently: Something that happened not very long ago.

Measles: A sickness causing fever and red skin.

Fine: Paying money for doing something wrong.

Activities

For listening practise, listen to the recorded article here:

British English: 

American English:

Match the Synonym!

 1. Vaccine A. A needle put into the skin.
 2. Shot B. Not long ago.
 3. Disease C. Fee
 4. Recently D. A way to stop a disease.
 5. Fine E. Sickness

True or False?

1. There is a new law in France. T / F

2. All children need to have vaccinations in Italy. T / F

3. Nobody thinks vaccines are bad. T / F

4. Parents need to pay money if children don’t get vaccines.  T / F

5. No people have had measles in 50 years. T / F

Unscramble the sentence!

1. are / shots / get / Vaccinations / when / children

2. believe / bad / Some / people / vaccinations / are

3. €500 / pay / Parents / will

4. bad / very / disease / The / a / is / measles

5. getting / People / stopped / the / measles

Listening and Vocabulary

Listen to the article and fill in the words OR practice vocabulary and fill in the words.

British English: 

American English:

Arguments Vaccine Without
Disease Health Six

There is a new law in Italy. Italian Children cannot go to school ____________ vaccinations. Vaccinations are when children get shots. These shots stop them from getting diseases. Some people believe vaccinations are bad. They think vaccinations cause problems. There have been many ____________ about vaccinations.

Parents will pay €500 if they send their child to school without vaccinations. Recently, many people have been getting the measles. The measles is a very bad ____________. The measles vaccination stops it very easily. People stopped getting the measles many years ago. This happened because of the vaccine. People have started getting it again because they don’t get the ______________.

Children under ______ years old will not be allowed at school. Children 6 – 16 years old can go to school but their parents will get large fines. The Italian __________ Minister said, “No vaccine, no school.”

Conversation Questions

Take turns speaking with a partner or try to answer on your own:

1. Did you find this article interesting? Why or why not?
2. Did you learn anything new from this article? If so, what?
3. What do you think of this story?
4. Are vaccinations required in your country?
5. Did you have vaccinations?
6. Do you think everyone should get vaccinations?
7. What do you think about people who don’t vaccinate their children?
8. Do you think it’s okay for the government to make this law?
9. Is the anti-vaccination movement big in your country?
10. Should there be punishments for parents who don’t vaccinate their children?
11. How would you feel about unvaccinated children going to school with your own children?
12. Are there any requirements before you can send a child to school in your country?
13. Has there been any disease outbreaks in your country?
14. Are vaccinations free in your country?
15. How do you react to shots or injections?
16. Do you think vaccinations contribute to overpopulation?
17. Do you think vaccinations are a good use of government money?
18. Do you think new diseases will appear in the future that we need vaccinations for?
19. How would your country be affected without vaccinations?
20. What do you think about the doctor who wrote the fraudulent paper?