Published: Tue, February 12, 2019

Teenager with anti-vax mum gets vaccinated on his 18th birthday

Teenager with anti-vax mum gets vaccinated on his 18th birthday

Washington state has been facing a measles outbreak with more than 50 cases.

Lindenberger's opinion on vaccinations hasn't changed his mother's mind, but Wheeler did say it's been a learning experience. "But, due to their beliefs I've never been vaccinated for anything, god knows how I'm still alive".

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

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.

Health workers administer house-to-house measles vaccination to children in Payatas, Quezon City on February 7, 2019, amid measles outbreak in parts of the Philippines.

'But, I'm a senior in high school now with a auto, a licence, and money of my own.

Meanwhile, children across the United States are at increasing risk of contracting diseases because of parents refusing to get their children vaccinated.

Lindenberger said he has seen a growing discussion online about teenagers emboldened to make their own health decisions and pursue vaccinations.


Lindenberger says he was vaccinated for Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, HPV and influenza during his first visit to the county health department and has more vaccinations scheduled for later this month.

"Measles is exquisitely contagious".

Fatherly points out that even if health care providers were legally able to provide minors with vaccines behind their parents' backs, "in most cases it would get billed to the parent's insurance, likely (causing) conflict between the child and their families".

At the same time, 2018 followed a year in which Europe achieved its highest-ever coverage for the second dose of measles vaccination at the national level, showing that gaps at subnational levels are to blame for the disease's resurfacing.

Herd immunity against measles requires that 90-95% of the entire population are immune, whereas vaccination coverage is measured as the percentage vaccinated of the target population - which only includes people who are eligible for vaccination.

The tension has complicated his home life. His mother has already indicated that she will not allow his 16-year old brother to be immunized, although he wants it, Lindenberger said.

Last year, Ethan asked for advice on how to get vaccinated on Reddit.

Vancouver Coastal Health told CTV Vancouver that a person in its territory was diagnosed with measles on Thursday.

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