Teen makes headlines for getting vaccinated despite parents' beliefs

Measles is a potentially fatal disease for children

Though the CDC notes that there is no link between vaccinations and autism, Lindenberger - and many other families - was taught that vaccinations were harmful as he was growing up.

Ethan Lindenberger of Norwalk, Ohio, reached out to Reddit users two months ago to ask if he could be vaccinated as an adult.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently found that the percentage of children under 2 years old who haven't received any vaccinations has quadrupled in the last 17 years, rising from.3% in 2001 to 1.3% in 2015. It's stupid and I've had countless arguments over the topic.

Lindenberger says he began researching the benefits of vaccination years prior and presented the information to his mother. "God knows how I'm still alive", he wrote.

After a public health emergency was declared in Washington State following a measles outbreak - seeing more than 50 people infected - Ethan chose to get the jab to protect himself and others.

Ethan turned to Reddit for advice. I'm also afraid I'd go somewhere that up charges vaccines way more than somewhere just down the street. "My parents are kind of stupid", he wrote.

'You have something like measles, which is a preventable disease that we can vaccinate against that I and many people believe is coming back because of opinions like the ones that have influenced my mom'.


"My mum was especially angry but my dad said because I'm 18 he doesn't care that much", Ethan said in an update on Reddit.

On Monday, Lindenberger appeared on CNN's Anderson Cooper Full Circle and said that despite not getting vaccinated, he never contracted chickenpox or measles.

His journey to get vaccinated, however, stemmed from him wanting to protect others against diseases as much as himself. High school senior Ethan Lindenberger recently defied his mother and got vaccinated, saying his parents' misguided beliefs put his health, and the health of his younger siblings, at risk. "Continued evaluation of prevalence and reasons for nonvaccination is needed, as are improvements in access to and delivery of age-appropriate vaccinations to all children".

"Across the US, minors generally can not consent to their own health care; however, there are several federal and state laws that permit a minor to consent to his or her own medical treatment in specific circumstances, but it does not usually include immunizations".

Silberman leads a vaccine choice group.

As anti-vaccination movements metastasize amid outbreaks of risky disease, internet-savvy teenagers are fact-checking their parents' decisions in a digital health reawakening - and seeking their own treatments in bouts of family defiance.

"Vaccines save lives and are safe and effective". The World Health Organization (WHO) even named "vaccine hesitancy" one of the top threats to global health in 2019, among HIV and pathogens like Ebola.

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