Woman jailed for failing to vaccinate son (9) in Michigan

Judge said mother violated agreement with ex-husband to have child’s shots done

A woman in the US state of Michigan has been jailed for seven days for failing to have her nine-year-old son vaccinated.

An Oakland County judge told Rebecca Bredow that she violated an agreement to have the vaccinations done.

Her ex-husband wanted their son to be vaccinated but Bredow is the primary carer.

Judge Karen McDonald said the boy has two parents and “dad gets a say”.


Bredow, of Ferndale, near Detroit, told the judge that she takes “full responsibility” for her actions. She said vaccinations go against her beliefs and she should have raised her objections sooner.

In response, Judge McDonald reminded Bredow that she agreed to the immunisations.