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Schools could vaccinate Children under 12 without Parental Informed Consent

Original post made by resident, Adobe-Meadow, on Sep 16, 2011

The state of California has just passed bill AB499, which will permit minor children as young as 12 years old to be vaccinated with sexually transmitted disease vaccines like Gardasil without parental knowledge or parental consent. This means that if you live in California, school or medical personnel would be allowed to vaccinate your child against an STD without your ever knowing it.

At issue, of course, is whether 12-year-olds are mature enough to fully analyze the benefits versus risks of vaccination (or any medical treatment for that matter), or recognize the alternatives to STD prevention, such as abstinence. Meanwhile, a child could suffer a vaccine reaction and the parent, not knowing the child had been vaccinated, could mistake it for the flu or another condition, delaying getting help until it is too late.

But, perhaps the greatest issue of all is whether this law violates your basic right to be involved in important decisions regarding your child's health.

How Can Parental Consent be Completely Ignored?

As Barbara Loe Fisher of the National Vaccine Information Center (NVIC) has stated, informed consent is a human right.

"The right to voluntary, informed consent to a medical intervention, including use of a pharmaceutical product such as a vaccine that can injure or kill you or your child, is a human right. While the State may have the legal authority to mandate use of vaccines, nobody has the moral authority to FORCE you to get vaccinated or vaccinate your child without your voluntary, informed consent," she says.

We as parents, who know and love our children better than anyone else, we, by U.S. law and a larger moral imperative, are the guardians of our children until they are old enough to make life and death decisions for themselves. We are responsible for their welfare and we are the ones who bear the grief and the burden when they are injured or die from any cause.

We are their voice and by all that is right in this great country and in the moral universe, we should be allowed to make a rational, informed, voluntary decision about which diseases and which vaccines we are willing to risk their lives for -- without fearing retribution from physicians employed by the state."

Not only does AB499 remove a parent's right to give their informed consent, but parents will not even have the right to be informed if their child is vaccinated. As Age of Autism recently reported, this could be disastrous for the child's well-being for a number of reasons:

* “A child will most likely not know his or her family history of allergies, autoimmune diseases, or adverse reactions to other vaccines or medications, all of which are essential to consider before the administration of any vaccine.
* A child is not capable of weighing the risks and benefits of vaccination, and under this bill, a parent will not be present to ask the appropriate questions to elicit this important risk/benefit information.
* A child can be easily swayed by a person of authority, his or her peers, and by misinformation
* ... Who will determine if the child falls within the category of those who should not be vaccinated on the label (especially in the absence of the child's medical records and the child's parent)?”

Informed consent is especially important when it comes to vaccination, because there is no way for you or your physician to predict if your child will be one of the children who has a devastating vaccine reaction, such as brain inflammation, immune dysregulation, or even death.

You have the legal right to know the risks and complications of vaccines BEFORE you make the choice of whether or not to allow your child to be vaccinated. If you live in California, this right may soon be taken away, unless you ACT NOW to stop the Governor from signing it into law. Still, it would be prudent to discuss this issue with your child now, before they are given the opportunity to receive this vaccine, so they will be able to make an educated decision when and if the time comes.

In the four short years since Gardasil came on the market, there have been more than 21,000 reported incidents of adverse effects and death, despite the fact that only two out of every 10 women in the approved age group have gotten the vaccine so far.

For those of you who live in California, it is imperative that you take part in NVIC's urgent action alert. If Governor Brown does not veto AB499, vaccine exemptions for sexually transmitted disease vaccines become NULL and VOID in California. Please take just 5 minutes to help support this cause by:

* Forwarding NVIC’s Urgent Action Alert to everyone you know
* Posting the link to this alert on Facebook, blogs, or other social media sites:

Web Link
* Contact Governor Jerry Brown and ask him to VETO AB499. The most effective way is to call the Governor’s office. They’ve already added a simple voicemail button for a "yes" or "no" vote on the legislation.
o Call: (916) 445-2841
o Fax: (916) 558-3160
o Email Web Form: Web Link
* Register for the NVIC Advocacy Portal so you can receive updates

The more people who get involved, the better chance there is that California will get the message that parents will not lie down while their parental rights are removed. Together we can make a difference and keep this legislation from standing, and influencing the right to informed consent in the rest of the United States as well.

Our entire country needs to come together and send the state government of California the strong message: Keep your hands off our kids!

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Posted by so
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Sep 16, 2011 at 9:21 am

you know a kid can be treated for STDs without a parents consent. Right or wrong this seems to be consistent with that existing law.

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Posted by sweepea
a resident of another community
on Sep 16, 2011 at 4:00 pm

What is happening to this country. This sickens me. I have a 4 yr old child with autism and apraxia and I know was due to a reaction to 4 vaccines at a doctor visit. She came home that might from the doctor and developed a very high fever of 104.5. Her fever lasted for about 14 days. I kept bringing her to the doctor every couple of days and was told it was not related to the vaccines without any test done. I was told it was just a virus working it's way out of the body. My daughter stared to regress into autism. All doctors dismissed the possibility of this being related to vaccines.

This sickens me. What is going on with this country. Over my dead body will my child ever receive a vaccine. The last 2 and a half years have been a constant fight with the state and insurance companies to get them to provided intervention for my child they want to give the bare minimum. So all they care about is money not our kids. This is crazy. We need to stand up. This should not be allowed.

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Posted by Sam
a resident of Charleston Gardens
on Sep 16, 2011 at 6:57 pm

The author of this thread is an idiot.

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Posted by Perspective
a resident of Meadow Park
on Sep 16, 2011 at 7:09 pm

I will never understand why the school can vaccinate your kid, give her or him birth control or bring her for an abortion without your permission, but can NOT give your kid Tylenol without a prescription from the MD and your permission.

Complete and utter lunacy in the way we function, or dysfunction.

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Posted by Ada
a resident of Midtown
on Sep 17, 2011 at 1:10 pm

There will major lawsuits if the schools vaccinate kids without parental concern.

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Posted by Resident
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Sep 17, 2011 at 1:17 pm

Ditto Perspective

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Posted by VoxPop
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Sep 17, 2011 at 2:29 pm

The NVIC has been described as "the most powerful anti-vaccine organization in America, and its relationship with the U.S. government consists almost entirely of opposing federal efforts aimed at vaccinating children."(Wikipedia). NVIC's statements are not credible because the organization ignores established science -- such as the exhaustive and definitive studies that show that vaccines do not cause autism.

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Posted by Are we in Mexico?
a resident of Midtown
on Sep 18, 2011 at 9:10 pm

I grew up in Mexico, and may times when I was at school a nurse will come and we were told by the principal to make a line so we could be vaccinated. I remember how scared I was, I kept moving to the back of the line, but there was no escape, only those who were absent did not get it. They came announced so we could not plan to stay home. It was awful. My parents and I did not even get to know against what. This is felling closer to Mexico. But it probably happen because most parent trusted the schools and would never speak up against the government. Almost everyone believed that they were doing something good.

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Posted by Mom
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Sep 25, 2011 at 8:45 pm

One more reason to leave public school.
How can someone vaccinate a child without knowing their current vaccination record or health status?

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