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Vaccination

Volume 415: debated on Thursday 1 November 1945

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asked the Minister of Health whether he is aware that with regard to the vaccination of children the view point of the father is alone sufficient in law; why the mother has no legal status or rights in this matter; and if he will introduce legislation to change this position.

The relevant requirements of the Vaccination Acts are imposed on the parent having the custody of a child and I am advised that it is the father who ordinarily has this legal custody. The system contained in the Vaccination Acts is among the matters under examination in framing a comprehensive health service.

:I take it that that is so legally, but surely the mother of a very small child has the right to a very emphatic opinion as to whether it should be vaccinated or not?