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 Priorixand 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.
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.
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.
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.