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Teens are reportedly seeking vaccinations without parental consent

Reported cases of measles have spiked 30 per cent worldwide since 2016 Reported cases of measles have spiked 30 per cent worldwide since 2016. Jeff J Mitchell Getty Images
Deanna Wagner | 12 February, 2019, 05:22

One Ohio teenager whose mother never had him vaccinated chose to investigate the facts regarding vaccinations, then defy her and get himself vaccinated once he turned 18 in order to protect against six diseases, including mumps and hepatitis.

Ethan Lindenberger from OH is used to having arguments with his mother, like all teenagers are. He wrote: "God knows how I'm still alive".

In three states, at least three self-described teenagers told Reddit they have a common problem: Their parents are staunchly opposed to vaccination, and they fear for their health if they do not take action.

However there are no federal laws regulating the issue for minors who wish to get shots and it varies between different states.

Lindenberger's opinion on vaccinations hasn't changed his mother's mind, but Wheeler did say it's been a learning experience.

The post got more than 1,000 responses including from other unvaccinated teenagers trying to work out how to get shots without their parents consent.

'I'm also afraid I'd go somewhere that up charges vaccines way more than somewhere just down the street.

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He has shots listed for tetanus and hepatitis B, administered when he was 2 years old, but Wheeler told Undark he received the tetanus shot after he accidentally cut himself.

Wheeler. who said that records showing Ethan getting two shots in 2002 are mistaken, that he only got a shot for tetanus after he cut himself, has some unusual ideas of her own, asserting, "Polio, if you really research polio, it was nearly completely eradicated, nearly gone, there was nearly no cases of polio when they introduced the oral vaccine". "It was like him spitting on me", she told the site, "saying 'You don't know anything, I don't trust you with anything".

Travellers at Pearson International Airport in Mississauga, Ont., were warned last week that people who were in the airport's Terminal One for a four-hour period on January 27, may have contracted the disease.

OH is one of several states where parents can make that decision.

"I have seven children; five have not been vaccinated", said Wheeler.

The report comes as both Canada and the United States face another year of measles outbreaks such as one now underway in Washington State and OR, where support for anti-vaccination has been notable. Now that he is a legal adult, he has gotten vaccinations for HPV, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, and influenza.

Before the measles vaccination program started in 1963, an estimated 3 to 4 million people got measles each year in the United States.