Last week, my 12-year old daughter came back with consent forms for the HPV vaccine from school, along with an NHS pamphlet. And, when you’re faced with signing in one box or another, it is a reminder that you are making a decision that could have life-long implications. And we totally understand the desire for people to reduce the risk of cervical cancer. The reality […] is that there is a whole bunch of information that is missing that prevents people from really making informed consent. And, further than that, a child that is 12 in year eight in a U.K. school, if they’re deemed to be Gillick competent, which goes back to a 1986 case in the House of Lords… if they’re assumed to have competence, they can actually decide to be vaccinated against the will of their parents. And that’s assuming they’ve just been given this limited information that is really like a sales pitch for Merck, the manufacturer of the vaccine.