Dear kids in Washington State: you can make an appointment with your doctor, or walk into a clinic or ER, and get vaccinated. You don't need permission from your parents. You don't have to wait until you are 18. If the health care provider gets confused, the magic phrase is "Mature Minor Doctrine", and point out that not wanting to catch measles is sign of sufficient maturity.

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@tibius @mark Yeah, my wife works medical in WA and she basically quoted that article when I checked with her.
If the kid is mature enough to consent to medical procedures they can do it, but it's a very grey area legally and it's the provider's call. Most won't risk it.

@mercurymusing @mark Yeah. It sounds like the term has a specific legal definition and the definition is not as simple as being able to ask for it.

@tibius @mark she did mention that minors do get a say going the other way. They can contest parental consent for certain procedures, including vaccination.

Also, note that emancipated minors can consent on their own.

@mark keep reading about this and it’s crazy that we open the option to die from preventable diseases

@curtismchale @mark not even that, we open the option to kill via them.

As a school nurse that's fantastic info! Unfortunately Washington state is a long way from Pennsylvania. :(

Is there a minimum age for it?

@mark is there an equivalent message on the :birdsite: which I can re-distribute?

@mark We also need to be sure that 8-17 year olds are aware of the side affects of said vaccines. Teach more about the immune system and learn about the difference in immunoglobulin vaccines and antigen. Everyone is truly unique and it really isn't a one size fits all case. The whole anti-vaccine/onthefence/pro-vaccine exists because there is just not enough research and education there at all.

@mark This is both horrifying and amazing. I'm glad there's a way out for kids, but damn I wish that wasn't necessary

@mark I happen to agree on this particular issue, but hey, outright telling kids they don't need parents permission is generally a bad idea. They'll be ready to use the same logic for other things that someone convinces them are "mature".

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