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Oct 11 2013

A change of mind

So there’s one bit of progress perhaps.

A judge has ruled that sisters aged 15 and 11 must have the MMR vaccine even though they and their mother do not want it, BBC Newsnight has learned.

The High Court decision, made last month, came after the girls’ father brought a case seeking vaccination.

The parents, now divorced, had jointly agreed not to vaccinate the girls in the wake of the MMR controversy.

But the discrediting of concerns about an MMR autism link and recent measles outbreaks changed the father’s view.

A step.

When outlining her decision in the latest case, Mrs Justice Theis emphasised it was a specific case “only concerned with the welfare needs of these children”, but lawyers say as one of a series it confirms there is no longer any debate
about the benefits of the vaccine.

Definitely a step.

 

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    Acolyte of Sagan

    My eldest grandson (3 1/2yrs) goes for his next round of vaccinations on tuesday. MMR and 4-in-1 pre-school booster (diptheria, polio, whooping cough, tetanus), one in each leg, the poor little bugger. And because my daughter is nervous around needles and doesn’t want him to pick up on her anxiety, guess who’s allowed himself to be guilt-tripped into taking him?
    My daughter’s had people on facebook trying to scare her out of having it done. She cannot for the life of her imagine how they could even contemplate not only risking their own childrens lives, but trying to persuade other parents to do the same.
    She’s done a lot of ‘de-friending’ recently.

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