Lithuania

Lithuania
LITHUANIA

 

Vaccination policy

In Lithuania childhood immunisation is recommended.. In May 2015 the Ministry of Health prepared a draft amendment to the current law, which requires to vaccinate all children under 16 years against polio, measles and rubella. From January 1st, 2016 polio, measles and rubella vaccines could become mandated for admission to all pre-school institutions. If the Parliament agrees, the amendment will come into force on July 1st, 2016. If so all children under 16 years will be required to be vaccinated against polio, measles and rubella. Commercial vaccines used in Lithuania at present are MMR Priorix and DTaP Pentaxim, which means that the child should get 4 more vaccines instead of the 3 mandated, contradicting the law.

Parents who choose not to vaccinate their children will eventually be fined.

Exceptions apply only when there are medical contraindications to vaccination, but it’s extremely difficult to get them.

EFVV organisations in Lithuania

NSIC Nepriklausomas Skiepu Informacijos Centras – NSIC Facebook Group

Other pro-choice organisations in Lithuania
School
Unvaccinated children in Lithuania are now allowed in nurseries, preschools and kindergardens, and primary schools, yet since January 1st, 2016 pre-school institutions may require mandatory vaccination against polio, measles and rubella as stated above.
Adverse event following immunisation public reporting system
In Lithuania: side effects are mostly denied and not reported. There is no compensation law or fund and parents may at best obtain a judicial acknowledgement of the damage. Doctors are prevented or denied to record adverse events following immnusitation and they cannot take any responsibility for that. Once during a live TV broadcast the health minister threatened to take away a famous homeopath doctor’s license because of the fact that he spoke about vaccines damage.