Spain has relatively few cases of the intestinal disease, aconitum or “craniosynostosis,” which causes a hole to form in a baby’s chest when the fetus develops.
But perhaps that’s not good enough. Last week, the European Union unveiled new measures to combat the disease. Nearly 300 schools across the 29 countries that are part of the EU will be granted exemptions from the strict rules on vaccinations, when enrollment will be extended to children who miss school because of a chronic illness. The exemption deadline was an attempt to balance access to education with the desire of parents to vaccinate their children.
However, when the Spanish education ministry made a similar decree, the parents of a quarter of all students in the country opposed it, suggesting a low uptake of vaccines could endanger public health.
Spanish public health officials worry that increased flu and swine flu coverage will help the country weather this year’s flu season. In Spain, flu deaths have decreased this year compared to last, according to the Health Ministry.