Divorced Parents with Difference of Opinion Regarding Vaccinations
Vaccinations have been around for a long time. They protect against a variety of illnesses ranging from deadly, such as measles, to moderate, such as the flu virus. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found that 21 million hospitalizations and three-quarters of a million deaths of small children have been prevented in the last 20 years due to vaccinations. Internationally, 90,000 people die of measles each year, though 20 million lives have been saved due to the measles vaccination since the year 2000, according to the American Council on Science and Health.
Fear of Vaccinations Founded by Fraudulent Study
Ever since a study was performed in 1998 showing a link between autism and children given vaccinations, there has been hysteria surrounding vaccinations, spurring the “anti-vaxxer” movement. Even though the study was pulled out of publication when it was found that the physician not only conducted the study negligently, but also fraudulently misrepresented the truth and lost his license to practice medicine, millions of parents have refused to give their children vaccinations from diseases like smallpox, measles, and polio. A lack of scientific understanding regarding vaccinations puts their children and other children at risk; to be sure, vaccinations work so well because the disease is eradicated from an entire region when everyone is vaccinated against it. If you are in a dispute with the other parent regarding immunization, you may need to discuss your options with an experienced San Jose child custody lawyer.
Best Interest of Child
When it comes to vaccination decisions, only the parent with legal custody can make medical decisions, such as whether or not to vaccinate their child. As such, it is relatively simple in this scenario. The legal custody parent has full say. However, when both parents have legal custody over their child, it can be difficult to reach an agreement when one does not believe in vaccinations. In this case, while it is usually best to settle this type of difference outside of the courtroom, a judge may be necessary to make a final decision.
Not in the Best Interest of the Child
The court always makes a decision in the best interest of the child. As such, it is important to take in mind the following:
- Some physicians refuse to treat children who are not immunized with vaccines;
- Some vaccines are necessary for public education enrollment; and
- Lack of immunization exposes a child to many deadly diseases that are easily preventable.
Call a San Jose Child Custody Attorney Today
Vaccines are still a hot topic for some families despite the lack of evidence showing the dangers of immunization. If you and the other custodial parent cannot come to a resolution, the next step is to call or contact the skilled San Jose child custody attorneys at the office of Gemma V. Reyes today 408-292-6289 for a free 30-minute consultation.