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Judge overrules mothers' objections to MMR vaccine

BMJ 2003; 326 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.326.7403.1351-a (Published 19 June 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;326:1351
  1. Clare Dyer, legal correspondent
  1. BMJ

    A High Court judge in London last week ordered two girls aged 4 and 10 to be given the combined measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccination, overruling their mothers' objections.

    Mr Justice Sumner said the court would not normally force parents to vaccinate their children. However, he said, in the two cases before him, brought by fathers who were separated from their daughters' mothers, the court had to decide what would be in the children's best interests because the parents were in dispute. None of the parties to the case can be identified.

    The 4 year old's mother, …

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