Handing VIS sheets to parents does not equal informed consent. There are no federal laws governing informed consent when it comes to vaccines. Some states may have them, you'd have to check out each state individually...Only a law (put into effect after the 1986 vaccine injury compensation law) to hand out the sheets - this is the problem because I am of the opinion that the VIS do not provide a parent with enough balanced information to make an informed choice.
No, I do not think a 12 year old is capable of informed consent.
I think parents are capable of informed consent, even if doctors are scary and work in big buildings. Life is scary and complicated, and vax isn't the only hard decision parents have to educate themselves about. You'd have to live under a rock these days not to know that people are talking about vax, that there is contoversy. If folks put their head in the sand, then what?
You are giving me the same non-answer- parents don't know, parents are intimidated, etc.
Okay, what would informed consent look like to you anywhere, with anyone? What steps need to be taken to make sure parents know the pros and cons of the situation?