Published: Tue, February 12, 2019
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101 confirmed cases of measles in 10 states, including Illinois — CDC

101 confirmed cases of measles in 10 states, including Illinois — CDC

The Norwalk, Ohio, teenager needed advice, he said, on how to inoculate himself against infectious disease and his family's dogma.

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

The teenager chose to get vaccinated on his own after turning 18 when he was unable to convince his parents that vaccinations do not cause autism.

This elicited a flood of unvaccinated children and teens to take to the internet asking how they could circumnavigate their parents' wishes and have themselves vaccinated, for fear of their own health.

"Her opinions are mostly not backed by science, so very largely illogical or rooted in misinformation", said Lindenberger, about disagreeing with his mom.

"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.

Lindenberger read scientific papers and journals.

The teen chose to do some research and presented new information to his mother, Jill wheeler, to try and change her mind, including a report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that debunked the autism myth. His mother resisted and claimed there were autism risks from vaccines, a common argument used by anti-vaccination groups that has been widely debunked.

But his mother, Jill Wheeler, described the move as insulting and a "slap in the face", according to Undark. Here's what you need to know. "You did make a bad decision and I'm gonna go fix it'".

Wheeler did not respond to a request for comment. All but three states allow the exemption on religious grounds.


Late previous year, Lindenberger, now a high school senior, confided in a pastor, who suggested he was legally free to make decisions.

At 18, Lindenberger controls the vaccinations he gets and has since been immunized for HPV, hepatitis A, hepatitis B and influenza.

He says the only shot he received, tetanus, as a toddler was out of necessity.

"I am an underage teenager in Washington, whose mother is against vaccines", wrote another teen, also on Reddit. "I, as well as my siblings, hold the ideology that vaccines are a public health issue, and a personal responsibility to the benefit of the population, not a right you can revoke from your children". In Italy, where the current governing coalition had pledged to drop a law banning children without vaccination from starting pre-school (the coalition has since reversed its position), health officials have declared a 'measles emergency, ' as nearly one quarter of all measles cases in Europe in 2017 were reported in Italy.

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.

"Measles is exquisitely contagious".

Health officials have confirmed there's been one case of measles in Vancouver. Minnesota is a state where guardians can opt out of required vaccinations if they philosophically object to them. On Friday, almost 700 people in Olympia protested a proposed bill that would make it more hard for parents to opt out of vaccinating their kids.

The tension has complicated his home life.

"It breaks my heart that she could get measles and she'd be done", Lindenberger said.

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