Mom who refuses to vaccinate son sentenced to jail

Mom who refuses to vaccinate son sentenced to jail

But Rebecca Bredow is going to jail anyway because she reneged on a deal with her ex-husband to have their 9-year-old son vaccinated.

A MI mother was told she'd face jail time if she didn't get her son vaccinated.

The mother-of-two was handcuffed in court and escorted out of the room by deputies.

The father - her ex-husband - has now been awarded temporary primary custody so that he can get the child the vaccinations. She said vaccinations go against her beliefs and she should have raised her objections sooner.

Bredow said she opted for waivers available under MI state law, which allows for vaccine exemption based on religious, personal or medical beliefs.

Anti-vaccination advocates - or anti-vaxxers - believe that immunising children exposes them to harm, and could be linked to autism.

She was sentenced for contempt of court.The mother of two had one week to get her son vaccinated, and refused to comply with court orders and agreements dating back to November 2016 saying she would vaccinate the boy.

Bredow said that she and the boy's father made the decision to space out and delay some of the child's vaccines.

Barbara Loe Fisher, president of the non-profit National Vaccine Information Center, told the BBC this is not the first time a parent has been jailed for refusing to vaccinate a child.

Child immunisation rates in MI are also among the worst in the USA, ranking 43rd out of the 50 states, according to Mlive.

The federal government does not legislate child immunisation, only issuing recommendations while leaving requirements to states or local school districts.

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