Mothers lose MMR jabs challenge

A BRITISH mother trying to stop the compulsory vaccination of her five-year-old daughter was said to be in deep shock last night after judges threw out her court challenge.

Medical evidence called by her and another mother ordered to have her 10-year-old daughter vaccinated was described as “junk science” by an appeal judge.

A petition may be made to the House of Lords to have the case reviewed.

The girls’ fathers are not married to the mothers. They launched the legal action after the mothers refused to allow the children to have the treatment, which includes the controversial MMR jab.

The women took the case to the Court of Appeal after Mr Justice Sumner ruled last month the girls should have the jabs.

None of the parties involved can be named to protect the identities of the children.

Isabella Thomas, a spokeswoman for Jabs, a support group for parents with vaccine-damaged children, said the court’s decision went against the wishes of the mothers and the children.

She added: “This is not a nanny state but the big brother bully state. This could set a precedence for the future and that is our main worry.”

She said of the younger child’s mother: “She is in shock at the moment, deep shock. She is very, very scared.”

Richard Miles, press co-ordinator for the Autism Research Campaign for Health, said: “This case was not a question about debating whether MMR is safe or not. It was to do with the right of parents to determine whether or not their children should receive vaccinations. We are saying, in some cases, that the MMR is dangerous for some children.”

Lord Justice Sedley said two respected medical experts had given evidence at the High Court hearing that there was strong scientific evidence that the risks in not immunising children were real and, in many instances, serious.

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