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Parents Warned Against New Vaccination Guidelines

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    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.

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