A GIRL, 8, will be given vaccinations against the objections of her mother after a Family Court ruling.
News of the judgment comes after a group of Australia’s top scientists warned this week that the anti-immunisation lobby was endangering children’s lives.
The Victorian mother, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, was resorting to homeopathic methods to try to protect her child against disease.
But the court heard that in 2010, the girl’s father allowed his new wife to take the girl to a medical centre, without her mother’s permission.
There she was immunised for diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, hepatitis B, polio, HIB, measles, mumps, rubella and meningococcal C.
The father told the court he hoped to continue to “secretly vaccinate” her because he did not want to play “Russian roulette with her health”.
He said he wanted to protect her from infectious diseases, and he was also concerned the child of his new wife, who is now pregnant, could contract a disease from an unvaccinated child.
The mother, who lives with her daughter, said they lived a “simple and healthy way of life’, eating organic and unprocessed food and avoiding toxins.