Anti-Vaxxers: Teen Rips Apart His Mother's Anti-Vax Views In Congress

Anti-Vaxxers: Teen Rips Apart His Mother's Anti-Vax Views In Congress

"But, due to their beliefs I've never been vaccinated for anything, god knows how I'm still alive". He also pointed out the role social media has played in shaping the antivaccination movement.

Saad Omer, William H. Foege Professor Of Global Health, Professor of Epidemiology & Pediatrics, Emory University, testifies during a Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, March 5, 2019, to examine vaccines, focusing on preventable disease outbreaks.

Lindenberger's mother got most of her misinformation about vaccines on Facebook, he told the committee. But one senator, Rand Paul, (R-Ky.), struck a defiant note.

Some members of the audience erupted into applause when Kentucky Sen.

At last week's hearing, held by the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, Dr. Nancy Messonnier, director of the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases at the CDC, said, "I do believe that parents' concerns about vaccines leads to undervaccination, and most of the cases that we're seeing are in unvaccinated communities". "Now, if you're such a believer in liberty that you do not wish to be vaccinated then there should be a outcome and that is you can not infect other people". The platform said it was considering reducing the appearance of anti-vaccination material in search results and "Groups you should join".

On Tuesday, a teenager who went viral for asking Reddit users if he can have himself vaccinated as an adult testified in Congress that his mother's misinformation sprung from news and information she reads from Facebook.

Lindenberger said his mother's "love, affection and care are apparent" but said his school in Norwalk, Ohio, saw him as a "health threat" because of the danger he could become sick with a contagious disease.

Most importantly, Lindenberger said, was the impact Facebook's anti-vax communities had on his family.

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"My mother came in the sense of loving her children and being concerned", Lindenberger told lawmakers Tuesday. He said his younger siblings have not.

In Tennessee, the measles vaccination rate for kindergartners is 96.9 percent.

The teenager's testimony comes as the USA has faced measles outbreaks in states - including Washington - that have been credited largely to skepticism surrounding vaccinations and unsubstantiated accusations of links between vaccines and autism, according to the website The Hill.

Doctors and Congress spent the hearing talking about the importance of vaccines, especially among children.

All in all, "vaccines are safe, effective and the best protection we have against serious preventable diseases like measles", Wiesman said. The movement has recently prompted renewed attention after measles outbreaks in Washington and OR, among other areas.

Los Angeles Times: When Measles Struck, Investigators Wanted Answers. In fact, he added he believes his 16-year-old son Noah eventually will get his shots. A month later, health investigators found out she had lied.

A U.S. Senate committee invited him to share his story during a hearing that discussed what's driving outbreaks in parts of the country, mostly blaming it on those who don't get vaccinated. About half of them occurred in the Pacific Northwest, leading Washington Gov. Jay Inslee to declare an emergency and the state legislature to propose further restricting, or even eliminating, inoculation exemptions.