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Pontiac Mom going to prison for not vaccinating son

Pontiac Mom going to prison for not vaccinating 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.

Last week, a judge gave her until today to get the boy immunized. A judge ordered her to jail for a week.

"This order has taken on a life of its own, your honor, and it is my fault I have not stood up sooner and explained to the court that I'm an educated, vaccine-choice mother", she said.

She had a court hearing Wednesday morning in Oakland County Circuit Court, and had not yet followed through with the vaccination.

Rebecca Bredow refused to let her nine-year-old be immunised after initially agreeing with the father to do so.

McDonald placed the boy in temporary custody of his dad.

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

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Bredow was found in contempt of court, and McDonald said the boy would be vaccinated today based on the November 2016 agreement made between the woman and her ex-husband.

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

"I couldn't bring myself to do it", the mom of two said in court.

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. If she did not comply with the order, she would be thrown in jail.

The judge said she had one week to get her son vaccinated.

Parents are required to comply with their school's vaccination guidelines - if not, the child is not allowed to go to school, and the parent can be jailed for the pupil's non-attendance.