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Can you go to jail for not vaccinating your child?

In North Carolina, you have the right to refuse vaccinations for your child for non-medical reasons. However, if you are a divorced parent, you may face additional scrutiny for your decision from the child's other parent. It is possible you could face serious punishment for not vaccinating your child if the other parent takes you to court.

The Washington Post reported on a recent parental rights case where a mother refused to vaccinate her child despite having been ordered by the court to do so. The court ruled in the favor of your former husband, saying his parental rights were being violating by her refusal. The case was not looked at by the court as a case about vaccinations. It was considered a case about parental rights.

So, if you are a divorced parent, you have to consider the child's other parent's opinions and rights. This means you have to find a compromise that will work for both of you. If you try to take things into your own hands, you very well could end up in court.

The professional opinion from the medical community is the benefits of vaccines far outweigh the risks. The main driving force behind the anti-vaccine movement was study linking vaccines to autism, but that study has widely been disproven. The good vaccines do, though, are to help keep diseases, such as measles, non-existant. This helps to protect not only your child but other children and adults who cannot get vaccinated due to health reasons. This information is only intended to educate and should not be interpreted as legal advice.

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