I’ve been thinking about this topic for a while. It’s a legal term that you’ve probably heard. I’m not a attorney and I don’t play one on TV but I’ve been giving informed consent my whole life.
Basically it means you’ve been given all the information, good and bad, and you agree to what was being done.
A really basic one is the ingredients section on the side of the box. Let’s say you pick up a package of M&M’s. If you’re allergic to peanuts and you eat from the yellow bag, you know, the peanut variety you had informed consent. The bag told you what was inside and you ate it anyway thereby making yourself suffer an allergic reaction.
Have you ever dropped your car off at the repair shop for an oil change and they call you 30 minutes later to tell you you need a new head gasket and that will be $1800 in labor and a full day of work because the engine has to be removed? You’ve been informed of the issue and they want your consent to do the job. Imagine them just doing the work and you being hit with the bill when you pick up your car.
Have you gone to the dentist for a cleaning and X-rays only to be told you need a $2500 crown and this is how they’ll do the work? The same informed consent.
Have you seen the drug ads on TV? The video shows the happy person with whatever their issue was solved by taking whatever the drug is. But towards the end after they have told you that this drug will fix your issue they list the possible side effects which always seem to include suicidal thoughts or death and tell you to discuss it with your doctor. That is so you will have information before you consent.
Have you been given information about the Covid vaccines? Do you know what is inside each one and how they’re different? Do you know the ingredients in vaccines? Have you been told about possible side effects and long term results? Do you know about the animal testing? Do you know if it was tested for your age range and personal health issues? Do you know when the trials end? Do you know if boosters will be required? Do you know that the vaccine manufacturers are immune to liability?All vaccine manufacturers in the US are for all vaccines. Damages are paid by the government with taxpayer money. Have you seen pros and cons of being vaccinated being discussed by medical professionals on TV? Do you feel like you’ve been informed enough to give your consent? If not ask your doctor these questions.