United States mother who refused to vaccinate son is sent to jail

Judge orders Michigan mom 7 days in jail for not vaccinating her son

A MI judge sentenced Rebecca Bredow to seven days in jail after she violated a court order to have her 9-year-old son vaccinated. In a court hearing last fall, Bredow agreed to court orders that she would get the boy vaccinated. She refused, according to WXYZ TV in Detroit.

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

Bredow's ex-husband wants their son to receive the vaccinations, but as primary caregiver, Bredow has declined.

MI parents are legally allowed to skip or delay their children's vaccinations due to personal beliefs.

A MI mom was sent to the slammer for repeatedly refusing to vaccinate her son, according to local reports.

According to WXYZ, the judge told Bredow that her son would be vaccinated regardless and that Bredow could go to jail for contempt or not - it was her choice.

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

The judge revealed to Bedrow that she showed up in court on November 30 and consented to get her son vaccinated.

Rebecca Bredow is scheduled to appear in court Wednesday to find out if she will be behind bars for standing by her decision to not get childhood shots for her son.

Barbara Loe Fisher, president of the National Vaccine Information Centre, told the BBC that the federal government doesn't legislate child vaccinations, but they do issue recommendations to states or local school districts.

Because of that, a lot of anti-vax parents will go as far as to home-school their children so that they don't have to get them immunised.

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

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