Two sets of parents in Belgium have been sentenced to prison after they refused to vaccinate their children against polio. The vaccination is compulsory in Belgium.
The parents have been fined lb4,100 ($8000) and sentenced to five months' imprisonment.
They failed to appear in court, and the judge sentenced them on the basis of police evidence. He suspended the prison sentence, and has given the parents a second chance to have their children vaccinated.
Belgian law allows exceptions to the vaccine only if parents can prove that their child would have an adverse reaction to it.
(Source: British Medical Journal, 2008; 336: 348).