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Source: istock

Germany is fining parents who don't vaccinate their kids $2,750

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Germany's parliament voted to make measles vaccinations compulsory for children last week. The measles protection act will come into force next March, and parents of children who aren't excluded for medical reasons could face fines of up to €2,500 ($2,750) if they fail to get their children vaccinated.

Cases of measles have been rising in both the United States and Europe in recent years. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported 1164 cases of measles in the United States as of late July. That's the highest number since 1992, and way over the 667 cases reported during the year of a major outbreak in 2014.