Teen defies anti-vaccine parents, gets shots

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For many teenagers, turning 18 years old means celebrating at a party but for one Norwalk teen it meant going to get a slew of vaccinations he no longer needed his parents' permission to receive.

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

"My parents think vaccines are some kind of government scheme", Lindenberger wrote days before Thanksgiving.

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. "But, due to their beliefs I've never been vaccinated for anything, god knows how I'm still alive".

Lindenberger said that his mother has tried to convince him to stop getting vaccines, but to no avail.

"I looked into it, it was clear there was way more evidence in defense of vaccines", he said.

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

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Wheeler. who said that records showing Ethan getting two shots in 2002 are mistaken, that he only got a shot for tetanus after he cut himself, has some unusual ideas of her own, asserting, "Polio, if you really research polio, it was nearly completely eradicated, nearly gone, there was nearly no cases of polio when they introduced the oral vaccine".

"My 16-year-old says, you know, 'I haven't made a concrete decision; I'm not sure what I believe or what I want.' My 14-year-old is saying, 'I believe what you believe, mom, '" she continued. Now that he is a legal adult, he has gotten vaccinations for HPV, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, and influenza.

Although some argue that immunizations are unnecessary because diseases such as polio are quite rare in the modern day, the CDC said a large reason people don't contract polio is because of the vaccination. "You did make a bad decision and I'm gonna go fix it'".

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

Public health officials in Vancouver have said the latest case of measles there is not connected to the outbreak in Washington state, where 53 cases of the virus have been reported in Clark County since the start of the year, with one more in King County and four others in neighbouring Oregon. Minnesota is a state where guardians can opt out of required vaccinations if they philosophically object to them.

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

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