Measles: Germany may fine anti-vaxxer parents

A German politician is suggesting a plan to fine anti-vaxxer parents, saying he wants to eliminate measles.

Health Minister Jens Spahn has proposed a law where German parents who do not vaccinate their children against measles could pay a maximum fine of NZ$4970.

Spahn told German newspaper Bild am Sonntag a ban from kindergartens would help protect younger children.

He said those younger than 10 months old are vulnerable to the disease.

Germany's Robert Koch Institute says the country is 2 percent short of the recommended 95 percent vaccination rate, DW reports.

"All parents should be secure in the knowledge that their children will not be infected and endangered by measles," Spahn told Bild am Sonntag.

Online, social media users have praised the bill.

"An excellent idea," one said on Twitter.

"This is a great idea to make sure that diseases stop spreading! Good idea! I love it" another Facebook user wrote.