• American Medical Association Advice: Mature 12-Year-Olds Can Consent to Vaccination Without Parents

    At the recently concluded annual meeting of the American Medical Association (AMA) in Chicago, AMA delegates adopted a doozy of a new policy. The powerful trade group agreed to develop model legislation that pressures state legislatures into allowing minors to “override refusenik parents on vaccination.” In 2000, the Supreme Court reasserted the fundamental right of parents to oversee the care, custody and control of their children, a right recognized by states until children reach age 18. Where vaccines are concerned, the National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act—passed in 1986—legally requires health care providers to distribute vaccine information materials to the parent or legal guardian of any child to whom the provider intends to administer a vaccine “prior to the administration of such vaccine” [emphasis added]. Does it trouble the AMA that its pronouncement goes against legal precedent as well as social custom? Apparently unconcerned about “chipping away at parental rights,” AMA representatives are gung-ho about the organization’s new policy position. Not only do they want minors as young as 12 to be able to consent to vaccination regardless of their parents’ “flawed beliefs”—while still expecting parents to pay for the vaccines—they also believe that doctors should be the ones declaring a child “mature enough” to consent to vaccination. A question that anyone familiar with the AMA’s history should be asking is, why would we trust the AMA to make such vital decisions in parents’ stead?

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  • American Medical Association Advice: Mature 12-Year-Olds Can Consent to Vaccination Without Parents

    Even were the physicians to provide the 12 y/o's with all the pertinent information, which they seldom provide to the parents even, most of it is technical science, ahead of the education level of most children of that age, so it would be so much "Greek" to an average 12 y/o, making an informed decision impossible. Even really understanding a morbidity/mortality rate versus an efficacy rate would be difficult for most of that age. I was pretty medically savvy at that age, due to circumstances in my family a few years before, but I was in no wise ready or capable of making an informed decision like that; nor were my peers. This smacks to me of more attacking the integrity of the family unit, and social structure in general.

  • American Medical Association Advice: Mature 12-Year-Olds Can Consent to Vaccination Without Parents

    However... the AMA Code of "Ethics" recommends that AMA physician-members opt out of vaccination using religious, philosophical or medical exemptions.


    Code of Medical Ethics Opinion 8.7


    As professionals committed to promoting the welfare of individual patients and the health of the public and to safeguarding their own and their colleagues’ well-being, physicians have an ethical responsibility to take appropriate measures to prevent the spread of infectious disease in health care settings. Conscientious participation in routine infection control practices, such as hand washing and respiratory precautions, is a basic expectation of the profession. In some situations, however, routine infection control is not sufficient to protect the interests of patients, the public, and fellow health care workers.


    In the context of a highly transmissible disease that poses significant medical risk for vulnerable patients or colleagues or threatens the availability of the health care workforce, particularly a disease that has potential to become epidemic or pandemic, and for which there is an available, safe, and effective vaccine, physicians should:


    (a) Accept immunization absent a recognized medical, religious, or philosophic reason to not be immunized.


    (b) Accept a decision of the medical staff leadership or health care institution, or other appropriate authority to adjust practice activities if not immunized (e.g., wear masks or refrain from direct patient care). It may be appropriate in some circumstances to inform patients about immunization status.

    AMA Principles of Medical Ethics: I, II

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    Code of Medical Ethics: Physicians & the Health of the Community


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  • American Medical Association Advice: Mature 12-Year-Olds Can Consent to Vaccination Without Parents

    I assume the AMA would also support the wishes of a mature 12 year old who chose to refuse a vaccination even if the parents did consent to the vaccination.

  • American Medical Association Advice: Mature 12-Year-Olds Can Consent to Vaccination Without Parents

    AdminM said:

    At the recently concluded annual meeting of the American Medical Association (AMA) in Chicago, AMA delegates adopted a doozy of a new policy. The powerful trade group agreed to develop model legislation that pressures state legislatures into allowing minors to “override refusenik parents on vaccination.” In 2000, the Supreme Court reasserted the fundamental right of parents to oversee the care, custody and control of their children, a right recognized by states until children reach age 18. Where vaccines are concerned, the National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act—passed in 1986—legally requires health care providers to distribute vaccine information materials to the parent or legal guardian of any child to whom the provider intends to administer a vaccine “prior to the administration of such vaccine” [emphasis added]. Does it trouble the AMA that its pronouncement goes against legal precedent as well as social custom? Apparently unconcerned about “chipping away at parental rights,” AMA representatives are gung-ho about the organization’s new policy position. Not only do they want minors as young as 12 to be able to consent to vaccination regardless of their parents’ “flawed beliefs”—while still expecting parents to pay for the vaccines—they also believe that doctors should be the ones declaring a child “mature enough” to consent to vaccination. A question that anyone familiar with the AMA’s history should be asking is, why would we trust the AMA to make such vital decisions in parents’ stead?

    It's time to sue the AMA for violating the Constitutional rights of parents to care for their minor children. Before a child can consent to vaccination under the age of majority in a particular state, the parent must first be declare unfit by the courts. This is my take on the issue.

  • American Medical Association Advice: Mature 12-Year-Olds Can Consent to Vaccination Without Parents

    another ridiculous attempt to bypass the parent. 12 yr olds may appear mature but are still children. an informed decision about vaccines requires extensive research into the ingredients and unbiased information on side effects. the AMA will not provide any real info ,since they work for big pharma. the best solution is to shut down vaccine production and stop advocating it until unbiased studies prove that vaccines are safe.