A Tel Aviv Family Court has ordered a woman to vaccinate her two children, aged four and seven, who have never received the MMR (measles) or any other preventable childhood vaccines, after the father filed a lawsuit requesting the court for assistance.
The court awarded the case in favor of the plaintiff, ordering that the mother vaccinate her children within 14 days or risk legal recourse by the State, according to Haaretz.
“Although I got the impression that the defendant is acting in accordance with her worldview for the children’s benefit, the arguments she made against vaccinating were general, vague and not backed by evidence,” Judge Vered Shavit Finkelstein explained in her ruling.
The parents have been tied up in multiple legal battles over the years regarding custody and child support inquiries, which the court settled previous to this case and within said ruling the mother agreed to make sure the children receive all relevant vaccines and appointments recommended by the Health Ministry for children.
The father claimed that by not vaccinating the children, that the mother categorically is putting his children and others within harm’s way, and that she was “acting irresponsibly out of a ‘messianic’ ideology that opposes vaccines,” according to Haaretz.
The mother, however, claimed that the reasoning behind her hesitation to vaccinate the children was due to a fear of them contracting illnesses or allergic reactions from the vaccinations. The mother submitted a waiver from the family doctor claiming the youngest four-year-old girl can wait to have her vaccines and the oldest seven-year-old-boy should wait to be vaccinated due to being born with kidney complications – the father claims that the doctor does not know the children or work for any reputable clinic.
According to the mother’s report, the children experienced side effects in the past following their initial vaccinations including vomiting, rashes and breathing problems – and was not aware of the children’s sensitivities upon the occurrence.