Teen gets vaccinated, rebelling against anti-vaxxer mom

Elias Hubbard
February 12, 2019

But it wasn't until speaking with friends that he realized he was the only one out of his peer group to not have had the life-saving vaccinations.

Lindenberger's opinion on vaccinations hasn't changed his mother's mind, but Wheeler did say it's been a learning experience. I'd assume that I can get them on my own, but I've just never had a conversation with anyone about the subject.

The B.C. Centre for Disease Control tracks child immunization and reports that 82.1 per cent of children aged seven had been immunized for measles in 2018, compared to 88.4 per cent in 2017 and 90.2 per cent in 2016. "Even though I'm 18, I don't pull that card".

An Ohio teenager recently got vaccinated, against the wishes of his mother, after he conducted his own research that challenged what he'd been told during his childhood.

"It was like him spitting on me", Wheeler told Undark. You don't know what you're talking about.

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

Jill Wheeler, the mother of Ethan Lindenberger, 18, vaccinated her oldest daughter and partially vaccinated her oldest son. The oral vaccine started giving people polio. Despite measles being officially declared "eliminated in the United States" in 2000, the number of measles cases have been increasing ever since, with 79 cases already in 2019, a lot of them in Washington state. His mother has already indicated that she will not allow his 16-year old brother to be immunized, although he wants it, Lindenberger said.

"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.

The report comes as both Canada and the United States face another year of measles outbreaks such as one now underway in Washington State and OR, where support for anti-vaccination has been notable.

The law requires the government to provide free immunization to infants and children up to 5 years of age for vaccine-preventable diseases such as measles, tuberculosis diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis; poliomyelitis; mumps; Hepatitis-B; and H. Influenza type B (HIB).

In 2015, at least 95 cases of measles were reported nationwide by the end of January. Lindenberger says his parents do not believe in vaccinations unless absolutely necessary. This is the scientific argument for a public health policy that aims at 100% vaccination coverage.

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