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Vaccination and the best interests of the child

To vaccinate or not to vaccinate?  This is a controversial question for some in the community.  There are some who oppose vaccination and refuse to vaccinate their children against childhood illnesses such as whooping cough, mumps and measles.  However, this becomes a more vexed issue when parents separate both have different views about vaccination and their children.

This issue has come before the Family Court in a number of recent decisions.  In the most recent case Justice Foster ruled that the father be at liberty to have his children vaccinated. This is an interesting case, as it demonstrates the difficulties the Family Court faces in determining what is in the best interests of the child when both parents have completely different approaches to raising their children and are unable to reach a united decision.

Court decision

Duke-Randall & Randall [2014] FamCA 126, 12 March 2014

Commentary

We have added this case to our LIAC Family Cases Library.