Dr. Oldfield’s Vaccination Objection

Dr. Oldfield, on being summoned before the Bromley Bench for not having had his two children vaccinated, advanced as one of his reasons that his children were of a fruitarian stock, and that to introduce the blood of a cow direct into the blood of these children would be tending to lower the sanctity of the blood stream of the human race. The Chairman ruled that Dr. Oldfield’s objections were not so much “reasonable grounds” as conscientious objections, which Dr. Oldfield should have urged before the children were four months old. Dr. Oldfield was convicted in both cases, and fines and costs of nearly £5 were imposed.
The Vegetarian Messenger, June 1903