Vaccination fight between parents ends up in U.K. court

This is a vindication for the parent who relied on science to help with medical decisions for his children. I do like this outcome.

BBC News – High Court orders two sisters must receive MMR vaccine.

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 agreed when married 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.

This is the third time this issue has come before the court.

Another Wakefield legacy. What a mess he has made. This case is another confirmation that there is NO dispute over vaccines and that the concern over MMR and vaccines in general must end because it’s insane.

The father notes that he changed his mind after seeing the effects these diseases could have and became worried his children would be susceptible.

According to the text of the court decision, seen by BBC Newsnight, the father’s solicitor wrote to the girls’ mother in January seeking her agreement that they should now be vaccinated, and saying that if she did not agree he would take the matter to court.

And here we are. Note that it did not matter that the kids did not want it. They were coerced into believing untrue things about vaccines. It’s the parent’s job to make these decisions. But, the girls still have not been forced to get the shots.

Tip: Peter Robinson

  4 comments for “Vaccination fight between parents ends up in U.K. court

  1. Chris Howard
    October 12, 2013 at 11:45 AM

    Has Wakefield ever retracted his position on vaccinations? Has he ever apologized for the harm that his work has caused?

  2. Graham
    October 12, 2013 at 1:24 PM


    No, and neither have the lawyers who paid him to make those statements, and to my knowledge they have never been sanctioned for it in any way.

  3. October 14, 2013 at 1:40 AM

    @Chris: Check his Wikipedia page. He’s started a couple of ‘organisations’ to further lobby against vaccines and ‘bring light’ to the MMR/autism issue. He’s not exactly turning the crank himself, but he’s certainly getting others to do it for him.

  4. Richard
    October 14, 2013 at 2:31 PM

    I was one of the small percentage of recipients of the vaccine who had a reaction and contracted measles. I developed retinitis which permanently damaged my eyes. BUT I am STILL a big believer in Vaccination — for if the vaccine (an attenuated live virus vaccine) did that to me, the actual disease would have probably killed me or caused far worse damage than I suffered (I wear bifocals and have dark prescription glasses for bright light, this is manageable).

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