June 21, 2012
A British Columbia Supreme Court judge has granted a divorced father the right to have his son immunized. The ex-couple, who fundamentally disagreed on whether to immunize their five-year-old boy, were married for three years and separated in 2008.
The boy’s mother, claiming to have suffered from a host of complications due to her own immunization as a child, was steadfastly opposed to having her son subjected to any sort of immunization. The father, however, had opposite feelings and felt any potential side-effects were far outweighed by the benefits.
The judge granted the father the ultimate authority to make all decisions about immunization. Both parents will have an equal say on other matters concerning the boy’s health, education and general welfare.
Under-immunization has been a problem in British Columbia, with nearly 200 cases of whooping cough, and 70 cases of the measles having recently been reported.
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