Friday, 15 November, 2019

Teen defies anti-vaccine parents, gets shots

A movement is spreading: Teens are reportedly seeking vaccinations without parental consent Teen gets vaccinated, rebelling against anti-vaxxer mom - NY Daily News
Gustavo Carr | 13 February, 2019, 23:36

Ethan Lindenberger, an 18-year-old high school senior in OH, said he began to fear for his health after reading scientific papers about the benefits of immunizations.

Ethan Lindenberger received his vaccinations in Norwalk, Ohio in December to immunize him against six diseases including mumps and hepatitis.

Enjoy your 18th birthday shots, Ethan.

Doctors and the CDC hope that increasing accessibility to health care centers and information will stop the spread of the anti-vaccination movement.

Despite disagreeing with her son's decision, Lindenberger's mother Jill Wheeler, who has seven children, said she was proud of the teenager.

"I did not immunise him because I felt it was the best way to protect him and keep him safe", she added. He's a good boy. "He's a good kid", Wheeler said.

Lindenberger's story has since gone viral after he took to Reddit late previous year asking for advice on how to get vaccinated because his "parents are kind of stupid".

"But, due to their beliefs I've never been vaccinated for anything".

"My parents are kind of stupid and don't believe in vaccines".

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The current measles outbreak has prompted countless families to vaccinate their children, but some teens have taken their health into their own hands.

His mother was influenced by theories such as the work of discredited physician Andrew Wakefield and his study linking the MMR vaccine to autism.

As a child, Lindenberger said, he had the flu but never contracted chickenpox, measles or similar diseases for which he could have been immunized. One was 18-year-old Laura from Colorado who said she was seeking her own options because she needs a number of shots in order to attend college.

Each year, the CDC sets a children's vaccination schedule based on when kids are most likely to be at risk for a specific illness.

His mother remained unconvinced by the teenager's conclusions. I think a lot of people look at this as a straight, black and white answer, and I don't feel like it is, ' Wheeler said.

"I'm 15 years old and I never really thought about my parents not vaccinating me but now I have been doing some research about them and I don't really think they are harmful and I want to get a vaccine".

As a child, he missed out on receiving the measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccine, that nearly all states demand youngsters have as a way to attend faculty, and which the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention recommends is given in two doses.

Cases have been confirmed in California, Colorado, Connecticut, Georgia, Illinois, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Texas and Washington.

People choosing not to vaccinate have become a global health threat in 2019, the World Health Organization reported. "Continued evaluation of prevalence and reasons for nonvaccination is needed, as are improvements in access to and delivery of age-appropriate vaccinations to all children".