Ferndale mom jailed for refusing to vaccinate son

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UPDATE 9:47 a.m.: Rebecca Bredow was sentenced to seven days in jail and temporary custody was granted to the father of her child to get him vaccinated, a judge decided Wednesday morning.

Rebecca Bredow didn't think her child needed vaccinations, but a circuit judge said otherwise, and the MI mother was sentenced to seven days jail time for her anti-immunization stance.

However, Bredow's former husband and father of the kid, James Horne wants their son vaccinated, he shared the joint custody of their child.

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. The network found she's been ignoring orders for even longer.

The judge had given the mother one week to get her son vaccinated, but she didn't follow through. Bredow has said she is not opposed to vaccines, but she believes it was the right decision for her family.

MI allows parents to opt out of vaccines for nonmedical reasons, according to the report.

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Last week, the court ordered Bredow to bring the boy's vaccinations up to date according to the recommended schedule and said she had one week to comply.

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

"It's unmistakable to me that you couldn't care less about requests, regardless of the possibility that you consent to them, which you did".

The court initially ordered the immunization November 16, 2016, but it still hasn't happened. She also said vaccinating a child is a parent's "personal choice".

"I'm going to stop you on the grounds that reality matters", the judge said. The American Academy of Pediatrics emphasizes the safety and importance of vaccines and recommends a schedule of when to provide them.

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