Child dies of measles in Berlin, Germany vows to boost vaccinations

February 23, 2015 3:49 PM

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BERLIN (Reuters) - An 18-month-old boy who was not vaccinated against measles has died of the virus in Berlin, health officials said on Monday, adding they would try to boost vaccination rates and increase checks on children's status.

The German capital has seen about 600 cases of measles since an outbreak began last October, and the boy's death reignited a debate about whether to make vaccination compulsory. It is not in Germany and some parents choose not to vaccinate their children due to fears about potential side effects.

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