Area mom jailed for ignoring deal to vaccinate son

Judge orders Michigan mom 7 days in jail for not vaccinating her 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.

The judge told Bedrow that she appeared in court on November 30 and agreed to get her son vaccinated.

"This request has gone up against its very own existence, your respect, and it is my blame I have not stood up sooner and disclosed to the court that I'm an informed, immunization decision mother", she said.

Bredow, a mother of two, said she would rather go to jail than go against her beliefs.

Bredow's ex-husband wants their son vaccinated, but she is the primary caregiver for their son.

She and her ex had decided when their son was born that they would space out and delay vaccinations for their son.

Court documents obtained by ABC News state that a judge first asked Bredow to get immunizations for her son in November 2016, but the child remained unvaccinated almost a year later.

Anti-vaccination advocates - or anti-vaxxers - believe that immunising children exposes them to harm, and could be linked to autism.

Barbara Loe Fisher, president of the non-profit National Vaccine Information Center, told the BBC this is not the first time a parent has been jailed for refusing to vaccinate a child.

Earlier this year, the State of MI launched a social media and TV campaign to encourage parents to vaccinate their children.

If a parent does not comply with a school's vaccination guidelines, the child is not permitted to attend school and the parent can be jailed for the pupil's truancy.

Child immunisation rates in MI are among the worst in the nation, ranking 43rd among the 50 U.S. states, according to Mlive.

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