The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention believes that parents should be fully informed about the risks and benefits of vaccination by talking to a trusted health care provider.
By law, parents, guardians, or patients must be given information in writing about the risks and benefits of vaccination before a vaccine is administered. In fact, a recent national survey reconfirmed that parents overwhelmingly turn to their child’s health care provider to obtain information or ask questions about vaccination.(3)
If your health provider is not giving you the information you need, you can obtain copies by calling the CDC National Immunization Program information hotline at 1-800-232-2522 (English) or 1-800-232-0233 (Spanish), or view the information on the National Immunization Program’s home page.
As many parents will agree the piece of paper many get ‘after’ the vaccines are injected into your child’s body does not equal informed consent. Neither does the 15-20 minutes you spend in the doctor’s office. If you feel that you have not been fully informed you may want to consider calling the CDC and or an attorney.