Saturday, 23 February, 2019

Teen defies mother, gets vaccines after turning 18

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Melissa Porter | 12 February, 2019, 20:29

Other youths in a similar position to Lindenberger's have taken to the Internet to find answers, leading to what has become somewhat of a trend. The 18-year-old and his parents disagree over whether Ethan should be vaccinated against serious contagious viruses like measles, mumps, chickenpox, polio-or any disease for that matter, since his parents are committed anti-vaxxers.

"My parents think vaccines are some kind of government scheme", Lindenberger wrote days before Thanksgiving. But, due to their beliefs I've never been vaccinated for anything, god knows how I'm still alive, ' his post said.

A young OH man is getting all the vaccines a lot of people traditionally get as children now at that he is 18 years old. "You don't just get vaccinated for yourself".

He's not the only teen with this problem.

Lindenberger first crowdsourced advice on how and where to get vaccinated in a Reddit post on November 16, 2018.

The outbreak highlighted "just how important it is it is for everyone in the community to get vaccinated", he said.

In a thread for those seeking legal advice, a user who claimed to be 13 years old wrote, "I haven't got vaccines since elementary school, Dad fell down the conspiracy theory rabbit hole, and my Mom agrees with him. Any and all advice is appreciated". Lindenberger says his parents do not believe in vaccinations unless absolutely necessary. That might sound like a small number, but the trend has medical professionals anxious.

Lindenberger says he began researching the benefits of vaccination years prior and presented the information to his mother. Now that he's 18, Lindenberger is making headlines for his decision to defy his mother and get vaccinated, reports USA Today. He read up on the dangers of anti-vaxxing and even pulled up CDC studies on his phone at the dinner table, he told the Washington Post.

Since Ethan is now legally an adult his parents can not stop him from getting vaccinations.

But his mother, Jill Wheeler, described the move as insulting and a "slap in the face", according to Undark. "It was like him spitting on me", she told the site, "saying 'You don't know anything, I don't trust you with anything". You don't know what you're talking about.

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

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.

On Friday, hundreds rallied to preserve their right not to vaccinate their children.

To rebuild and protect the herd immunity in NY, lawmakers are looking to see non-medical exemptions on the grounds of religious beliefs scrapped.

It comes as an outbreak of measles were confirmed in ten states and a public health emergency was declared in an anti-vaccination "hot spot" in Portland, Oregon, last month.

"More children in the WHO European Region are being vaccinated against measles than ever before; but progress has been uneven between and within countries, leaving increasing clusters of susceptible individuals unprotected, and resulting in a record number of people affected by the virus in 2018", the United Nations agency said this week in a news release.