Parents cannot prevent children in the state from receiving MMR vaccinations, the judges judge
- Children in the state are now receiving the MMR vaccine against the wishes of the parents
- The MMR vaccine became controversial when a now-discredited article written by Dr. Andrew Wakefield claimed there was a connection with autism
- The paper was published in 1998 in the well-known medical journal The Lancet
Social workers may order that children in state care receive MMR vaccinations, even if their parents object, the judges said yesterday.
They said vaccination is in the best interests of the child, and parents of young children in care cannot stop the one-shot vaccination against measles, mumps, and rubella, no matter how strong their views.
The jury of three judges is without prejudice to the rights of mothers and fathers in general to refuse immunization.
But it does send a signal that the courts view parents who are against MMR as a rejection of what is good for their children.
Social workers may order that children in the state receive MMR vaccinations, even if their parents object, judges said
Lady Justice King said, “Although vaccinations are not mandatory, the scientific evidence now clearly shows that it is in the interest of medical vaccination of children … unless there is a specific contraindication.”
The court’s decision overturns previous cases that said social workers should go to court to get permission to immunize children between 70,000 in state care.
The MMR vaccine has been hotly debated since 1998, when a paper written by Dr. Andrew Wakefield claimed there was a connection with autism.
This was subsequently discredited and Dr. Wakefield, which failed to report conflicts of interest, was dropped.
Yesterday’s test case centered on a one-year-old baby who is one of the siblings removed from their parents.
The child is now in foster care under the supervision of social workers from the London Borough of Tower Hamlets.
However, the parents were against vaccination for their children.
The court rules against them because MMR vaccinations dropped by a quarter during the closure.
The court’s decision overturns previous cases that said social workers should go to court to obtain permission to immunize children between 70,000 in state care
The admission in 2019 was already at its lowest level in seven years, driven by harmful anti-vaxx messages spread online, on top of busy parents struggling to go to clinics.
The Daily Mail has launched a campaign to end ignorance of the injection and reverse the declining vaccination rate.