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Seven days in medicine: 13-19 Nov 2019

BMJ 2019; 367 doi: (Published 21 November 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;367:l6581


New laws limit advertising in Ireland

Legislation to reduce children’s exposure to advertisements featuring alcohol products came into force in the Republic of Ireland. The Public Health (Alcohol) Act 2018 will ban alcohol advertising in public service vehicles, at public transport stops or stations, and within 200 m of schools, creches, and local authority play areas. Simon Harris, Ireland’s health minister, said, “Studies report consistently that exposure to alcohol advertising is associated with an increased likelihood that children will start to drink or will drink greater quantities if they already do. These measures aim to change that situation.”


German parliament votes for mandatory measles vaccination

The German parliament agreed to make the measles vaccination compulsory for hospital staff, for children and teachers in schools and nurseries, and for staff at community facilities such as asylum seeker centres and holiday camps.1 From March 2020 the vaccination will be mandatory for healthcare workers and other affected staff groups born after 1970. Parents will have to show proof of vaccination for their children to be admitted to schools and nurseries. Those who do not vaccinate their children will face a fine of €2500 (£2140; $2770). (Full story doi:10.1136/bmj.l6558)

Two organisations are behind 54% of online anti-vaccine content

Over half of advertisements spreading anti-vaccine messages on the social media site Facebook …

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