From: Sydney Morning Herald
A Judge has ordered a couple to immunise their eight-year-old daughter according to government health guidelines, in a rebuke to the homeopathic regime pursued by the mother.
The mother had sought in a injunction in the Family Court to stop the father and his partner from immunising the child without her written permission.
She made the application after discovering that her daughter’s stepmother had secretly taken the child to a medical centre to have her immunised against diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, hepatitis B, polio, HIB, measles, mumps, rubella and meningococcal C.
Previously, the mother had been arranging homeopathic vaccines. She told the court that she adhered to a ”simple and healthy way of life”, that included eating organic food, using non-toxic cleaning products and sending the child to a Rudolph Steiner school where the toys were made from natural products such as wool, wax and silk. Most parents at the school focused on ”building up the immune system of the child through homeopathics”, she told the court.
But when the girl was five, she contracted whooping cough, and the father and his new partner became concerned that she was not vaccinated, possibly placing their new baby at risk. The stepmother then took her to the medical centre for a course of traditional immunisations, with the support of the child’s father, but without the mother’s consent or knowledge. This upset the mother, in part because it engendered feelings of disempowerment, but also because she feared the health risks of traditional immunisation.
An odd case. Where the stepmother goes against stereotype and proves to be good and the mother evil… Well not evil as such but conned into committing an act of child abuse against her five year old daughter by proponents of ineffective vaccination.