Immunisation rates in Australia are falling. Some parents want their children vaccinated. Others do not. When parents separate, the Family Court can be asked to decide whether vaccination is in a child’s best interests.
In the courtroom context, parents opposed to vaccination argue that it will have harmful or adverse impacts on their children or that vaccination will aggravate a pre-existing medical condition. They choose to not vaccinate amidst reported concerns about the safety of vaccines and the possible side effects. (We must stress at this juncture that we do not propose to weigh into the debate about the validity or otherwise of research that purports to have found causative links between vaccinations and certain conditions.)