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    Default Age of consent

    Firstly can I say I am a pro-vaxxer but I am genuinely interested and don't want this to turn into a slanging match!

    At what age do you believe your child to be old enough to give consent for vaccinations?

    My mum didn't vax my younger brother for MMR and he got measles at 12. I remember him being angry about not having had the vaccination and wanting to have a full catch up. I know they have vaxxs at high school and things as well. So at point do you sit back and allow them to make their own decision?

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    probably 15 ... even then I would suggest they are not old enough to understand the consequences of vaxing v non vaxing

    You are the parent ... that means you make the health and well being decisions about your children. That is not just vaxing, but all health and welfare decisions

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    I think a 12-year old who knows that a vaccination involves a needle and still wants it is old enough to consent. I think volunteering for a needle at that age shows a great level of maturity.

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    Age of medical consent in Australia is between 14 and 16 depending on state. I think it is about the right age. This is also why you can't access the Medicare records of your children after the age of 14 without their permission.

    http://www.findlaw.com.au/articles/4...treatment.aspx

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    That's a tough one :/ I'd say probably 15/16 but kids all mature at different rates. One may be able to make an informed decision at 12/13 and some not until 18.

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    I went on the contraceptive pill when I was 14. I think that was the first time I made a medical choice for myself, without my parent's consent.

    I discussed the possible side effects, risks such as thrombosis and benefits with my doctor (she was really thorough) and gave it a lot of consideration and felt I was mature enough to make the decision for myself.

    So for vaccines, I think from 12/13 onwards depending on the child.


    ETA: I would feel comfortable with my children making their own informed decisions from this age onwards (taking into account their maturity level as well though!).


    ETA: Sorry I didn't realise this was in the pro non vaxxing section (my kids are vaxxed).
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    I don't know what the law is in WA and I think it would depend on my child's development but I'd say ~16yrs, I'd be comfortable with them making medical decisions around that age provided I felt they were making an informed choice.

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    Thanks for the replies :-) Do you think you would try to 'talk them out of it' if they did decide to get vaxxed or just leave it?

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    Of course I wouldn't try to talk them out of it

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    There is no arbitrary age, it should be the same as for any other medical procedure/treatment and that is through the use of Gillick competency to assess.I believe over age 16, competency is implied for medical treatment unless otherwise indicated.

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