17 March 2016

Court rules four children must have vaccines after mother objects

A family court judge has ruled that four children must be immunised after their Muslim mother refused consent because she said vaccines contained pork gelatine.

Carol Atkinson said the children, boys aged six and nearly eight months and girls aged four and two, had a “variety of outstanding immunisations”. She did not say what diseases the immunisations related to.

The judge, who made the decision following a family court hearing in London, concluded that the mother had a “paranoid view of the world”.

Social workers had asked her to rule on a number of welfare issues – including where the children should live.

The children’s parents, both in their 20s, had separated, the judge heard. The children had been living with their mother in London but were taken into police protection after concerns were raised about their care. [The Guardian] Read more