MMR legal ruling in favour of fathers

In a landmark ruling a high court judge has ruled in favour of two fathers who want their daughters to be vaccinated with the combined MMR jab against the wishes of their mothers. It means the two girls, aged four and ten, will be given the three-in-one injection, which has proved controversial amid concerns it may be linked to autism and bowel disease.

Mr Justice Sumner said he believed the vaccination to be in the best interest of the girls following evidence from medical experts. He was quoted by BBC News Online as stating: 'There are considerations which have weighed heavily with me. Recognising the anxieties of the mothers and that an adverse decision will be upsetting, the children's best interests are served by receiving a programme of immunisations and an order should be made.'

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