Oakland Co. judge to decide if parents must vaccinate their 4 children

Can parents' wishes about their child's vaccinations be overruled by a judge? A local court case could soon answer that question.

A Highland Township couple is in the process of a permanent wardship case involving their four children. The reasons for the termination of their parental rights was not discussed by the father's lawyer, Daniel Bagdade, but the reason is not related to the vaccination issue. 

However, social workers recently learned the children haven't been vaccinated against the measles and are now asking an Oakland County judge to step in. 

"A motion has been filed by the children's attorney before the judge, asking that the judge force these parents to vaccinate the children," Bagdade told FOX 2. "The reason that this is so unusual is that, as far as we know, it's the first time anywhere that this is being asked."

Bagdade says his client and his client's wife opted out of the vaccine with concerns that it causes autism. 

"The people [my client] talked to had children who were suffering from autism. The parents of those children all told him that they felt the reason their children were suffering from autism was because of the vaccination from measles," Bagdade says. 

No medical link has been definitively proven between the measles vaccine and autism.

Right now, Michigan law does allow parents to opt out of vaccines for personal or religious beliefs.

The case goes before the judge next Wednesday.

The national debate over the measles vaccination has heated up over the past few weeks as the number of people sickened by the measles continues to increase, including the case of one adult in Oakland County. 

A majority of the confirmed cases are in California and have been linked to visits to Disneyland.

Measles, which is spread through the air, is highly contagious. Symptoms include fever, runny nose and a blotchy rash.

LINK: Click here to read more about why you should, and shouldn't, worry about measles 
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