High court rules teens 'should be given MMR jab'

A 15-year-old girl and her 11-year-old sister should receive the MMR vaccination, against the wishes of the pair and their mother a High Court judge has ruled.

Mrs Justice Theis ruled that the vaccination is in the best interests of the girls - who cannot be identified - after a hearing in the Family Division of the High Court in London.

A 15-year-old girl and her 11-year-old sister should receive the MMR vaccination. Credit: David Cheskin/PA Wire

The Judge made the ruling on September 5, after a private hearing on July 31, and it was published today on a legal website after the BBC learned of the case and reported the result.

The girls' father - who is separated from their mother - asked the court to order the vaccination.

The mother of the pair questioned the benefits of the vaccine and was concerned over the potential side effects.