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Teen defies anti-vaccine parents, gets shots

Teen defies anti-vaccine parents, gets shots

Other youths in a similar position to Lindenberger's have taken to the Internet to find answers, leading to what has become somewhat of a trend. One was 18-year-old Laura from Colorado who said she was seeking her own options because she needs a number of shots in order to attend college.

"My parents think vaccines are some kind of government scheme", Lindenberger posted.

"When I looked into the evidence I thought my mom made a poor decision in choosing not to vaccinate me or my siblings", said Lindenberger. Now that I'm 18, where do I go to get vaccinated?

He's not the only teen with this problem.

Numerous teens asking on social media on how to get vaccinations on their own are often looking for information on the Mature Minor Doctrine. In the post, Lindenberger asked for practical advice on how to begin the vaccination process, and said he had never spoken to anyone about it.

Many parents decide not to vaccinate their children for philosophical or religious reasons. "Any and all advice is appreciated". That might sound like a small number, but the trend has medical professionals anxious.

The agency said the spike in the number of cases came after European nations reached an estimated coverage rate of 90 percent in 2017 for the second dose of the measles vaccine - the highest rate ever.

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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 odd 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".

Just over a month later, Lindenberger received vaccines for hepatitis A, hepatitis B, influenza and HPV at an Ohio Department of Heath office, reported The Washington Post.

But his mother, Jill Wheeler, described the move as insulting and a "slap in the face", according to Undark.

"It was like him spitting on me", she said, "saying 'You don't know anything, I don't trust you with anything". "I had grown up hearing that and when I started to move on to social media, you know, 13, 14, there was very online heated debate".

Federal health officials say 101 measles cases had been reported in 10 states this year as of February 7.

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". The only year with a higher case count was 2014: numerous 667 cases that year were linked to an outbreak in the Philippines, and many occurred among unvaccinated Amish communities in OH, according to the CDC.

Washington may be under a state of emergency due to the measles outbreak, but that didn't stop anti-vaxxers from fighting for their right to refuse vaccines. Can I get vaccinated at my age? got over 1,000 responses and thousands of upvotes. Children can't afford to go unvaccinated, but because of false theories like the ones Lindenberger's mother believes, many have to-and it puts them at serious risk.


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