Vaccine Consent Forms May Be the Problem by Steven Mussey MD

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Why is there even a debate on vaccines? Answer: Blame the lawyers!  When you don’t get your children vaccinated, you put your children at risk and you destroy herd immunity, putting others at risk. However, an original article in our local newspaper  reminded me why parents may be having trouble getting vaccines: The consent forms.

Before we vaccinate, we hand the parents consent forms to sign. The forms are wordy, alarming and confusing. The fact you need to sign anything at all causes alarm.

The cautious parent stops and exclaims: “Hey! What? What is this? This looks like the thing I had to sign before I got major surgery last year!”

Not vaccinating is far more dangerous, but we don’t give a consent form for that option.

Why? Lawyers.

The concerned parent says: “œCan we take a rain check? Let me go check the internet first.”

Yes! That will fix it! Just check the amazing internet, where you can believe everything you read.

Douglas Farrago MD

Douglas Farrago MD is a full-time practicing family doc in Forest, Va. He started Forest Direct Primary Care where he takes no insurance and bills patients a monthly fee. He is board certified in the specialty of Family Practice. He is the inventor of a product called the Knee Saver which is currently in the Baseball Hall of Fame. The Knee Saver and its knock-offs are worn by many major league baseball catchers. He is also the inventor of the CryoHelmet used by athletes for head injuries as well as migraine sufferers. Dr. Farrago is the author of four books, two of which are the top two most popular DPC books. From 2001 – 2011, Dr. Farrago was the editor and creator of the Placebo Journal which ran for 10 full years. Described as the Mad Magazine for doctors, he and the Placebo Journal were featured in the Washington Post, US News and World Report, the AP, and the NY Times. Dr. Farrago is also the editor of the blog Authentic Medicine which was born out of concern about where the direction of healthcare is heading and the belief that the wrong people are in charge. This blog has been going daily for more than 15 years Article about Dr. Farrago in Doximity Email Dr. Farrago – [email protected] 

  1 comment for “Vaccine Consent Forms May Be the Problem by Steven Mussey MD

  1. Perry
    March 10, 2015 at 5:36 pm

    Dang lawyers, they ruin everything!

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