Doctors are supposed to be our most trusted source of information concerning the health of ourselves and our children. We trust that when they recommend a medical intervention that they fully understand the risks, the benefits, and the alternatives. We trust that they’ve spent years studying these topics and are able to make recommendations based purely on science. Unbeknownst to most people, doctors and even pediatricians receive very little education on vaccinations during medical school.
Beyond “vaccines are safe and effective”, the schedule to follow, recognizing immediate dangerous adverse events such as anaphylaxis, and how to coerce the ‘hesitant’ – doctors simply aren’t taught much about vaccines.
It’s for this reason that Informed Consent Network Canada encourages all citizens to Ask Your Doctor. This short list of questions is simple to answer for anyone who has spent the time researching the subject so we’re confident your well-studied doctor will have no troubles. These questions help form the foundation of informed consent which implies a full understanding of the risks, benefits and alternatives of treatment.
“Informed consent to medical treatment is fundamental in both ethics and law. Patients have the right to receive information and ask questions about recommended treatments so that they can make well-considered decisions about care.“