I'm pro vacc so my kids will all get this, but what do you think of a teen making their own decisions against their parents?
I'd be pretty annoyed by it, lets flip it around...would they not vaccinate a teen who's parent had signed the consent form but the teen said no? I bet they wouldn't I'm pro vax, but I don't think this was dealt with the right way. It's not like he couldn't go and get the vaccine another time, they should have given him some information and told him to talk it over with his parents IMO.
I think informed teenagers should be able to make their own choices about their bodies. However, it sounds like this boy may not have understood.
I believe the law allows children under the age of consent to make decisions for themselves in regards to their medical care in some situations (see below). If you think about it practically, imagine a 15 year old who fell pregnant. Does she have to have parental consent to the NT test, for example? What would happen if the parents didn't consent to any treatment and didn't allow her to see an OB?
Consent to Medical Treatment
The age of consent for medical treatment differs across jurisdictions; for example, in Western Australia the age of consent remains at eighteen (the general age of majority in Australia), in NSW and South Australia, however, the age of consent for making decisions regarding medical treatment has been amended by legislation to fourteen and sixteen respectively.
Generally treatment provided to children below the age of sixteen requires the consent of their parents or guardians. Parents may only consent to treatement that is in the best interests of the child.
In all jurisdictions the consent of the child alone may be sufficient in circumstances where the child has “sufficient understanding and intelligence to enable him or her to understand fully what is proposed” (Gillick test)
He questioned it tho. I think they have something to answer for .
"My son doesn't comprehend that sort of stuff, they don't actually get the other side of the story so he's not well informed enough to make those decisions when put on the spot"
Utterly laughable that she thinks that her child isn't informed, when it is very clear that she is the one who is not informed. This raises another question, do you think it is ok for a parent to decide that their child can't have a life saving blood transfusion even if the child wants to live? Of course the child should have that choice.
If all the evidence points towards the medical intervention being safe and effective and it does - then I absolutely think a 16 year old child is well within his or her rights to decide if they want the vaccine or not. She goes on about them not being able to. But 16 is old enough to decide what you want to do with regards to your health.
I am pro vax - but surely giving a vac to a child without the parents consent is a huge issue.
I dont think 'informed consent' really applies here. Who is doing the 'informing', and they have no information about the childs medical history. Even the kid can not know about previous reactions etc ... so he is unable to give informed consent.
It says he came home upset so I wonder if he signed it because the school pressured him to?
The school was definitely in the wrong. I am pro vax, but do not agree with this. There should have been some dialogue with the parents before it went ahead.
I wonder if he came home upset because he felt pressured to get the vaccine or because he was worried what his mum would say. My answer would vary depending on that.
Flip side to this story, my mum signed the consent form for me to get the rubella vax in high school (year 9) and I ran off when it was my turn for the vax as I was so scared of needles. Should they have dragged me back in and held me down for it because I was going against my mum's consent?
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