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Father can have children vaccinated despite mother's objection

Posted: 11th January 2021   In: Family Law

A father has been granted a court order for his children to be vaccinated despite objections from their mother.

The children were aged six and four. The parents had separated, and the children lived with the mother. The parents were involved in proceedings for a child arrangement order under the Children Act 1989.

The mother opposed vaccination because she said her extensive online research showed that the MMR vaccine did not offer lifelong immunity, whereas if the children contracted the diseases, they would then become immune naturally.

She also argued that the MMR diseases were generally mild in healthy children, she ensured her children were well-nourished to boost their immune system, and there was a serious question mark over the efficacy and probity of vaccinations for children.

The father favoured vaccination as the safer option. The Family Court found in his favour.

It held that it was in the best interests of both children to make a specific issue order requiring them to be given each of the vaccines that were currently specified on the NHS vaccination schedule, for the following reasons:

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Father can have children vaccinated despite mother’s objection
[2020] EWFC 93
M v (1) H (2) P & T (CHILDREN REPRESENTED BY THEIR CHILDREN'S GUARDIAN) (2020)
Fam Ct (MacDonald J) 15/12/2020
Posted by: Paul Owen
Family
Berkhamsted Office