Until 2017, three vaccines were mandatory in France:
These three diseases are potentially fatal.
From three to eleven compulsory vaccines
The law of December 30, 2017 extended the obligation to eight other vaccines for children under two years of age:
- whooping cough ;
- hepatitis B;
- measles ;
- rubella ;
- meningococcus C (a bacterium that causes meningitis);
- haemophilius influenzae B (a bacterium that causes, among other things, pneumonia and meningitis).
Before the law of December 30, 2017, these vaccines were recommended but not required. The Ministry of Health explains the decision to make them compulsory by “insufficient levels of vaccine coverage […] causing residual morbidity and mortality, which may be considered unacceptable ”.
Regularly updated, the complete vaccination schedule for each age group is available on vaccination-info-service.fr, a website managed by Public Health France, under the supervision of the Ministry of Health.