Teen defies anti-vaccine parents, gets shots

Ethan Lindenberger frustrated by years of arguments about his mother's anti-vaccination stance staged a quiet defection via Reddit

Ethan Lindenberger frustrated by years of arguments about his mother's anti-vaccination stance staged a quiet defection via Reddit

In an interview with CNN, Lindenberger said his conversation with his parents about him getting vaccinated was actually civil. "But, due to their beliefs I've never been vaccinated for anything, god knows how I'm still alive", the teen wrote at the time. Wheeler told Undark her son's decision to get vaccinated was a "a slap in the face".

"My parents think vaccines are some kind of government scheme", he wrote on the posting.

The tension over vaccines started years ago, the teen told The Washington Post on Sunday, after he began to notice his mother posting anti-vaccination videos on social media.

'I grew up not knowing that you go to the health department and get a shot in your shoulder in your upper arm for a bunch of really big diseases that could have a lot of really bad side effects and a lot of bad implications.

In November, the 18-year-old went on the online message board Reddit to ask where he could get up to date with his vaccinations. The website states that before a child turns 2, she should get immunizations that will protect her from 14 vaccine-preventable diseases, including measles, mumps, rubella, chickenpox, polio, and influenza. He and his parents have agreed to disagree on the issue.

'I was doing it for my safety and the safety of others, ' he said.

"My parents are very happy that I'm continuing to express that the importance of vaccines is beyond just me and other people, and I'm glad to share that story", he said.

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Ethan Lindenberger, frustrated by years of arguments about his mother's anti-vaccination stance, staged a quiet defection via Reddit.

'Obviously, it scares me a little bit, but I'm going to try and do my best to convince my parents that they should and hope that works, ' he said.

Washington state has become a battleground between anti-vaccine groups pushing for relaxed regulations and concerned parents watching a measles outbreak strike the Pacific Northwest, a well-documented anti-vaccination refuge.

Generally, in the US a person must be at least 18 years of age to make decisions to have any sort of procedure or medical treatment, but under the Mature Minor Doctrine, a total of 15 states - including Florida, Pennsylvania and IL - allow decisions to be made without any sort of parental consent.

The doctrine is a legal measure that accepts that a minor, even if they are not emancipated from their family, possesses the maturity to decide if they want a particular health care treatment. 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. For instance, two doses of the vaccine against measles is 97 percent effective, according to the CDC.

OH is one of 17 states that allow parents to opt out of required vaccines for philosophical reasons, and all but three states allow exemption because of religious beliefs, which more parents are taking advantage of.

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