• From Human Papillomavirus to COVID-19: Adolescent Autonomy and Minor Consent for Vaccines

    8 days ago - By Journal of Pediatric Health Care

    Adolescent minors in every state can give their own consent for some health care. Although parent consent is generally required for vaccination, there are exceptions in some states. Completion rates are low for recommended adolescent vaccines; allowing adolescents to consent may improve coverage, although more study is needed on barriers to vaccine completion and the feasibility of changes in consent laws. The COVID-19 pandemic highlights the importance of vaccines and related challenges. This policy brief reviews laws governing adolescent consent for health care, including vaccines, and...
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