In Austria childhood immunisation is strongly recommended. Schools for nurses and personal in hospitals require vaccination, even against measles from their employees and students. Caretakers for old people are required to have vaccinations. Everybody working in a hospital is required to be vaccinated. A few years ago a review has been made within the doctors, and only 17% of the doctors were vaccinated. At the Military Service vaccination is required, but if a soldier is willing to take responsibility for not being vaccinated, he/has to sign a form that he takes responsibility.
Short time ago a school doctor took a boy aside and told him that in case he would not be vaccinates against measles and there would be a measles outbreak, the police would come and take him and vaccinate him by force. Everybody was shocked and even a newspaper reported on it.
Unvaccinated children in Austria are allowed in nurseries, preschools and kindergardens, and primary schools.
The EFVV (European Forum for Vaccine Vigilance) is an alliance of member-organisations and individual members from 25 European countries. Our member-organisations consist of consumer groups and pro-choice groups whose members in turn include medical professionals and scientists. Their combined memberships exceed 100,000. We call on all Europeans to stand together in a demand for a united vaccination policy based on freedom of choice and informed consent. We believe that mandatory vaccination is not only a serious risk but a violation of human rights and dignity. We therefore demand transparency and caution as well as recognition and concern for the many vaccine-injured in Europe and beyond.