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    Default What age can teenagers consent to flu needles?

    Quote Originally Posted by HollyGolightly81 View Post
    But she asked for something preventative for the asthma, the GP didn't just do the flu vax for no reason.

    It's a bit odd that we will say the age of consent is 16 and parents don't have to be informed regarding their 16 year old's s3xual history but we'll take issue with them not being informed about a flu jab?
    That's exactly right she asked, and as a parent the OP probably knows her child's medical history best, therefore since she was right there in the room, therefore could have easily been advised.

    As far as sexual health goes, generally it is not something your going to have a reaction to, or that will impact you general well being, and legally you are able to consent at 16, so there are no grey areas there, legally a gp can prescribe the pill or whatever.

    My 13 year old is mature, (well mostly), and while I would happily have her attend a therapy session for a mental health issue, there is no way I would allow a gp to make decisions regarding her medical health without consulting me.

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    Default What age can teenagers consent to flu needles?

    Quote Originally Posted by sparklebug View Post
    That's exactly right she asked, and as a parent the OP probably knows her child's medical history best, therefore since she was right there in the room, therefore could have easily been advised.

    As far as sexual health goes, generally it is not something your going to have a reaction to, or that will impact you general well being, and legally you are able to consent at 16, so there are no grey areas there, legally a gp can prescribe the pill or whatever.

    My 13 year old is mature, (well mostly), and while I would happily have her attend a therapy session for a mental health issue, there is no way I would allow a gp to make decisions regarding her medical health without consulting me.
    Sexual health isn't something that would impact your general well being or that you could have a reaction to? What about the various types of birth control and potential side effects? STDS. The emotional effects of becoming s3xually active, especially if not emotionally mature enough.

    ETA: I guess my thoughts are just that if we are going to accept that a 16 year old is mature enough to make decisions regarding their sexual health then I think they are probably mature enough to have a flu jab without parental consent.
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    I think more parents would be upset about a Dr prescribing the OCP without their knowledge than they would about giving a flu vax...

    Flu vax is a very minor medical intervention/ procedure.

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    Default What age can teenagers consent to flu needles?

    Quote Originally Posted by HollyGolightly81 View Post
    Sexual health isn't something that would impact your general well being or that you could have a reaction to? What about the various types of birth control and potential side effects? STDS. The emotional effects of becoming s3xually active, especially if not emotionally mature enough.

    ETA: I guess my thoughts are just that if we are going to accept that a 16 year old is mature enough to make decisions regarding their sexual health then I think they are probably mature enough to have a flu jab without parental consent.
    I understand what your saying, and of course there are repercussions when it comes to sexual health, but from a legal standpoint you are able to consent at 16. There are many young girls probably still today that would not be able to go to their parents so would find it easier to go to a gp for advice. (For the record, I do not think every 16 is mature enough to become sexually active. )

    However, I think that a 16 year old may not be aware of everything in their medical history, this has nothing to do with maturity, could just be an oversight.

    I don't know, perhaps it is irrational, but I do not trust a gp to make medical decisions for my children without consulting with me first, Yes I am a control freak

    Quote Originally Posted by JustJaq View Post
    I think more parents would be upset about a Dr prescribing the OCP without their knowledge than they would about giving a flu vax...

    Flu vax is a very minor medical intervention/ procedure.
    This is now completely off topic now, but yes I'm sure your right, there are parents who would be upset with a gp prescribing OCP, again if the child is 16, legally it's not an issue.

    But for a minor medical procedure the gp may not be aware if the family is anti-vax, or of religious reasons they may have, or have a family history of something the 16yr old is not unaware of.

    Personally I would be more upset with a minor medical intervention, because I feel I would probably be better informed, and should be able to discuss it first with my child, where as with the OCP, I would only have myself to blame for not parenting in a way where my child would feel comfortable enough to come to me first.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sparklebug View Post
    That's exactly right she asked, and as a parent the OP probably knows her child's medical history best, therefore since she was right there in the room, therefore could have easily been advised.

    As far as sexual health goes, generally it is not something your going to have a reaction to, or that will impact you general well being, and legally you are able to consent at 16, so there are no grey areas there, legally a gp can prescribe the pill or whatever.

    My 13 year old is mature, (well mostly), and while I would happily have her attend a therapy session for a mental health issue, there is no way I would allow a gp to make decisions regarding her medical health without consulting me.
    That's a strange one... sexual health is not going to impact your health or wellbeing... um it could impact it for life if you catch an STD or get pregnant....

    Bit different from not getting a flu this season....

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    Default What age can teenagers consent to flu needles?

    Maybe your daughter wanted to discuss something else with the doctor - sexual health, etc and didn't feel comfortable discussing in front of you and used the flu jab as a cover. The flu jab does seem like something a bit odd to be 'confidential' about unless your family is anti vax. Maybe it was a depo shot not a flu shot. Not saying that's the case though! But it would be the first thing that comes to mind. I'm thinking like a teenager here!

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    Quote Originally Posted by sparklebug View Post
    But for a minor medical procedure the gp may not be aware if the family is anti-vax, or of religious reasons they may have, or have a family history of something the 16yr old is not unaware of.

    Personally I would be more upset with a minor medical intervention, because I feel I would probably be better informed, and should be able to discuss it first with my child, where as with the OCP, I would only have myself to blame for not parenting in a way where my child would feel comfortable enough to come to me first.
    IMO a 16yo should know about allergies already and reactions to vax. Also they would know if parents are antivax. But also they are old enough to make the medical decision to vax.

    Also why do you think you should discuss medical procedures/interventions with your child over a dr?

    As for the OP - I would have no issie with what happened. She is at an age where she can and should be in control of her body and decisions about her body. I would be sad that my child is growing up and independent though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sparklebug View Post

    I don't know, perhaps it is irrational, but I do not trust a gp to make medical decisions for my children without consulting with me first, Yes I am a control freak

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    But for a minor medical procedure the gp may not be aware if the family is anti-vax, or of religious reasons they may have, or have a family history of something the 16yr old is not unaware of.
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    With regard to your first statement, it is not the GP making decisions for your children - it is your young person providing their own consent.

    With regard to whether the family is anti vax or whatever - irrelevant. The young person is the patient, the GP's duty is to them, and if the young person consents to the vax, that's all that's required.

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    Just on the topic of if the family was anti vax, I think that's actually even more of a reason for the gp to discuss with the 16 year old. She is old enough now to know there are other options out there

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    At 16 my Dd went into the dr by herself, sometimes her boyfriend took her. If she wanted me there she would ask and I'd go. It's her body and she can and could at 16 make the choices she wanted. From 16 both my son and daughter were allowed to make their own choices regarding health . I gave my permission ( was shop policy as under 18) for my son to have a tattoo on his arm. His body and his money.

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