When people go to a hospital, a health care clinic, or a doctor’s office, they are almost always given a written informed consent form to sign prior to receiving medical treatment. In recent years, these consent forms have begun to include statements asking the patient to agree to receive biologics. However, many people do not know what the term biologics means.
According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA):
Biological products, or biologics are medical products. Many biologics are made from a variety of natural sources (human, animal or microorganism). Like drugs, some biologics are intended to treat diseases and medical conditions. Other biologics are used to prevent or diagnose diseases. Examples of biological products include vaccines, blood and blood products for transfusion and/or manufacturing into other products, allergenic extracts, which are used for both diagnosis and treatment (for example, allergy shots), human cells and tissues used for transplantation (for example, tendons, ligaments and bone), gene therapies, cellular therapies and tests to screen potential blood donors for infectious agents such as HIV.1
Vaccines are biologics, but new consent forms do not explicitly state this. If you provide your consent for you or your child to receive biologics in a hospital, doctor’s office or other facility that administers pharmaceutical products, you are giving medical personnel permission to administer any vaccines they deem necessary while you are under their care. If you’ve consented to biologics and it is “flu season,” f0r example, and you are receiving medical care, you may be given the influenza vaccine without specifically being asked or informed beforehand, even if you happen to be under anesthesia.2
If you do not want vaccines to be given to you, your child or a family member who has entrusted you with making medical decisions for them, you have the legal right to sign a statement on the written consent form refusing any type of vaccine. Request a copy of your signed statement on the consent form and keep it with you….