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The Italian government has created a new law. The new law says every child must be vaccinated to go to school. If parents do not vaccinate their children, they could pay a fine of up to €500. There were many arguments about this law before it passed.

This law was created because many people have gotten the measles around the world. The measles is a terrible disease. It had nearly been eradicated because of vaccines. Recently, many people have gotten it. This is because some people have not had their vaccinations.

In Italy, children less than six years old will be banned from school if they are not vaccinated. Children six to sixteen can go to school but their parents will get large fines. The Italian Health Minister has said, “No vaccine, no school”.

The goal of the new law is to raise vaccination rates in the country. The rates have recently fallen below 80%. The World Health Organisation’s target is 95%. This percentage makes the spreading of disease very unlikely. It protects those who are not vaccinated. For example, newborn babies or those too sick to get vaccinated.

Vaccinations can cause arguments. Some people are scared that vaccinations cause problems for children.  This fear started with a paper that was written by a doctor many years ago. The paper has now been proved wrong. The doctor who wrote it lost his job and could not be a doctor anymore.

No other studies have been able to get the same results as this doctor’s paper.

Difficult words

Vaccinate: A treatment to stop diseases.

Fine: Paying money for doing something wrong.

Measles: A sickness causing fever and a rash.

Eradicate: To end completely.

Percentage: A rate or a certain amount.

Newborn: A child just born.

Activities

For listening practise, listen to the recorded article here:

British English: 

American English:

Match the Synonym!

 1. Vaccinate  A. Fee
 2. Fine  B. Rate
 3. Eradicate  C. New baby
 4. Percentage  D. A way to stop diseases.
 5. Newborn  E. End

True or False?

1. A new law in France means children need vaccinations.  T / F

2. There will be large fines for parents. T / F

3. All ages will be banned from school if they don’t have their vaccinations. T / F

4. Some people fear vaccinations. T / F

5. The man who wrote the paper is still a doctor. T / F

Unscramble the sentence!

1. new / has / law / Italian / government / a / The / created

2. had / eradicated / It / nearly / been

3. six / go / sixteen / to / can / to / school / Children

4. have / 80% / rates / recently / below / fallen / The

5. can / Vaccinations / cause / arguments

Listening and Vocabulary

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

British English: 

American English:

Fear Created Spreading
World Banned Terrible

The Italian government has ____________ a new law. The new law says every child must be vaccinated to go to school. If parents do not vaccinate their children, they could pay a fine of up to €500. There were many arguments about this law before it passed.

This law was created because many people have gotten the measles around the ___________. The measles is a ____________ disease. It had nearly been eradicated because of vaccines. Recently, many people have gotten it. This is because some people have not had their vaccinations.

In Italy, children less than six years old will be _____________ from school if they are not vaccinated. Children six to sixteen can go to school but their parents will get large fines. The Italian Health Minister has said, “No vaccine, no school”.

The goal of the new law is to raise vaccination rates in the country. The rates have recently fallen below 80%. The World Health Organisation’s target is 95%. This percentage makes the _______________ of disease very unlikely. It protects those who are not vaccinated. For example, newborn babies or those too sick to get vaccinated.

Vaccinations can cause arguments. Some people are scared that vaccinations cause problems for children.  This __________ started with a paper that was written by a doctor many years ago. The paper has now been proved wrong. The doctor who wrote it lost his job and could not be a doctor anymore.

No other studies have been able to get the same results as this doctor’s paper.

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?