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Adolescent refusal of MMR inoculation : F (Mother) v F (Father).

Cave, Emma (2014) 'Adolescent refusal of MMR inoculation : F (Mother) v F (Father).', Modern law review., 77 (4). pp. 630-640.


F (Mother) v F (Father) concerned a dispute between parents as to whether or not their 15 and 11 year old children should receive the MMR inoculation. Mrs Justice Theis took into consideration the wishes of both parents and the two ‘intelligent, articulate and thoughtful’ minors and held that inoculation was in their best interests. The troubled history of the MMR vaccine and its importance to public health provided the backdrop. Whilst the court's efforts to establish the views of the minors are to be commended, the decision is problematic in its assessment of the minors' individual medical interests and capacities, and in the significance placed on their views when determining whether inoculation would be in their best interests.

Item Type:Article
Keywords:Medical law, Treatment refusal, Minors, MMR, F (Mother) v F (Father).
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Publisher statement:This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Cave, E. (2014), Adolescent Refusal of MMR Inoculation: F (Mother) v F (Father). The Modern Law Review, 77 (4): 630–640, which has been published in final form at This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance With Wiley Terms and Conditions for self-archiving.
Date accepted:21 January 2014
Date deposited:17 July 2014
Date of first online publication:03 July 2014
Date first made open access:03 July 2016

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