Teens are reportedly seeking vaccinations without parental consent

Faith Castro
February 12, 2019

"My parents think vaccines are some kind of government scheme", the teen wrote on Reddit when he first made a decision to reach out for guidance.

In an interview with CNN, Lindenberger said his conversation with his parents about him getting vaccinated was actually civil. "But, due to their beliefs I've never been vaccinated for anything, god knows how I'm still alive", the teen wrote at the time.

"As the child of anti-vaxxer parents, what vaccines should I get now as an adult?" one user wrote. The 18-year-old and his parents disagree over whether Ethan should be vaccinated against serious contagious viruses like measles, mumps, chickenpox, polio-or any disease for that matter, since his parents are committed anti-vaxxers. I haven't got vaccines since elementary school, Dad fell down the conspiracy theory rabbit hole, and my Mom agrees with him.

"I was doing it for my safety and the safety of others", he said.

'I'm also afraid I'd go somewhere that up charges vaccines way more than somewhere just down the street.

Lindenberger has younger siblings, and he said that he hopes they get vaccinated.

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Her son said it was never his intention to blame his parents or make them look dumb, saying, "That came from a place of frustration and trying to deal with this issue and find common ground".

A report published by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in October showed that while coverage for a number of vaccines "remained high and stable overall", the segment of unvaccinated kids under 2 rose from 0.9% for those born in 2011 to 1.3% for those born in 2015.

One more child with measles was confirmed by Clark County Public Health on Tuesday, but one was deleted from the list of cases, making the total count stay the same. "Continued evaluation of prevalence and reasons for nonvaccination is needed, as are improvements in access to and delivery of age-appropriate vaccinations to all children".

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. "Generally, a minor may not consent to immunizations unless they are considered a 'mature minor, ' that is, legally emancipated from their parents", Winnike wrote.

He said his mother was "especially angry" about his decision, but his father "didn't care that much" because he's 18 years old now.

Washington state has become a battleground between anti-vaccine groups pushing for relaxed regulations and concerned parents watching a measles outbreak strike the Pacific Northwest, a well-documented anti-vaccination refuge. 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. "When we don't see the devastation caused by vaccine-preventable diseases on a daily basis, some people discount the vital need to keep their families safe by vaccinating them".

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