It is the professional and legal responsibility of health care providers to obtain informed consent prior to immunization. You will receive a package from your child’s school that contains a consent form and information on the different vaccines your child needs. It’s important to read all of the information in the package and to sign the consent form and return it to your child’s school. Call your community health centre or speak with your doctor if you have any questions.
Mature minor consent
It’s recommended that parents or guardians and their children discuss consent for immunizations. However, children under the age of 19 who are able to understand the benefits and possible reactions for each vaccine, and the risk of not getting immunized, can legally consent to or refuse immunizations. This means that your child may decide for his or herself whether or not to receive a vaccine. More information on mature minor consent can be found here.