By Heather White
My 7 year old came home yesterday with a flu shot consent form in his backpack. I searched the form trying to find the drug that was going to be administered October 10th – it wasn’t listed. I was appalled by the questions listed mainly “Do you have allergies to Thimerosal Mercury (a medication preservative)?” I was also upset that the vaccine was being touted as “free” when we the taxpayers are providing the drug. So I formally complained. Listed below is the scanned forms in my son’s backpack.
How do you garner parental consent prior to a medical procedure (vaccination). Well, here is the legal definition by the American Medical Association. If the drug being used is not listed then consent for the injection cannot be legally given. This not only opens up liability for the state but also is medically contraindicated. These consent forms must be revised so parents know what their children are being injected with. Case Point: If I give consent for the school nurse to administer “pain medicine” to my son but the drug given is not listed and my son is given oxycodone I would be upset. But for some reason giving consent for the flu vaccine when there are many different brands and manufactures with different formulations it seems to be fine. That’s not good enough and in violation of medical ethics!