What do you think of the law?
“If the child wants to take that risk, I think it’s okay but the child should be informed, given all the information so that they would be smarter on the decision they are going to make.”
“Nobody should be denied vaccines for any reason.”
“Actually [Gardasil] should just be mandated like other vaccines you need for school.”
"It’s wrong because [Governor Brown] should at least talk to the parents or have them vote.”
“This law may expand for other medical uses.”
"This is not okay. It sounds like [the law] was done out of a whim or something.”
Are kids old enough to make this decision?
“As teenagers we know what we are doing.”
“any [kid] can be educated about this if their doctor is willing.”
“When you feel that it’s your responsibility you rise to the occasion”.
“Every kid should have the right [to make the decision]. Because it’s their responsibility and their own body.”
"12 year olds are are still young and don’t know what they are doing. I mean at least the kids should be a little older, like 15 or 16, so they can actually think more carefully for themselves."
“[Kids] are more interested in playing and are not going to be able to make a serious decision."
“If kids are able to get their own medicine, they should be responsible to do anything.”
What about the parents?
“Some parents are worried about side effects. But what’s worse, a few side effects or cancer?”
“A lot of parents are uninformed or even ignorant. Look at the whole autism debate.”
“Kids can take this vaccine behind the parents back and if something goes wrong it’s the parents’ responsibility and nobody wins except for the drug company [who] wins your money.”
"Parents care and they know what’s good and bad for kids.
"If the kids are making decisions like that, what are parents for?”