A high-court judge has ruled that that two sisters must have the MMR jab – against their, and their mother’s, wishes.
Even though neither of the girls, aged 11 and 15, want to have the vaccination, it was in their best interest to be given it, said the judge, Mrs Justice Theis, after a hearing in the family division of the high court in London.
The girls’ father, who is separated from their mother, asked the court to order the vaccination.
The judge agreed, saying, “Whilst I am acutely aware of both [girls’] wishes and feelings… I consider their views have inevitably been influenced by a number of factors. First, from their perspective, the parents were initially united in their decision for them not to be vaccinated and they can’t understand why their father has changed his mind.
“Second, they have become focused on the issue of the ingredients of the vaccine without being able to consider and balance the wider picture.”