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

Cave, Emma

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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.


Cave, E. (2014). Adolescent refusal of MMR inoculation: F (Mother) v F (Father). Modern Law Review, 77(4), 630-640.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jan 21, 2014
Online Publication Date Jul 3, 2014
Publication Date Jul 3, 2014
Deposit Date Feb 25, 2014
Publicly Available Date Jul 3, 2016
Journal Modern Law Review
Print ISSN 0026-7961
Electronic ISSN 1468-2230
Publisher Wiley
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 77
Issue 4
Pages 630-640
Keywords Medical law, Treatment refusal, Minors, MMR, F (Mother) v F (Father).


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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.

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