Teens are reportedly seeking vaccinations without parental consent

Henrietta Strickland
February 12, 2019

Last month, a public health emergency was declared in Washington State, where there are 55 confirmed cases of the highly contagious viral disease.

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.

'It was like him spitting on me, saying "You don't know anything, I don't trust you with anything".

Lindenberger's mother is anti-vaccination, and Lindenberger said she has been influenced by false information.

As anti-vaccination movements metastasize amid outbreaks of unsafe 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.

Another mother, Mary Holland, who claims her son was injured by vaccinations, says anti-vaxxers will "move out of the state, or go underground, but they will not comply" if the legislation passes, reports The Washington Post. He wrote: "God knows how I'm still alive".

"I have a two-year-old sister and five-year-old brother and due to their age and vaccines can prevent them from getting a disease that's preventable, I do worry about them", said Lindenberger.

In the midst of a public debate over exemptions for childhood vaccines, there's evidently a movement afoot by kids raised in anti-vax households who are trying to get immunized without parental consent.

Numerous teens asking on social media on how to get vaccinations on their own are often looking for information on the Mature Minor Doctrine.

As these teenagers come of age, they are starting to form their own opinions and deciding that their parents don't know best when it comes to their health and well-being.

Another teenager, who in September identified himself as a 15-year old from Minnesota, asked Reddit for help to parse state laws in an effort to gain immunization himself.

Lindenberger said that his mother has tried to convince him to stop getting vaccines, but to no avail. I'd assume that I can get them on my own, but I've just never had a conversation with anyone about the subject.

According to USA Today, Harris, who is from Clark County, the region where the majority of the 52 confirmed measles cases have been reported, residents are "concerned about our community, its immunity and the community safety".

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.

"Teen-aged female here", reads a Reddit posting from last week. "Any and all advice is appreciated".

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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