Ohio Teen Who Defied Mother By Getting Vaccinated Testifies Before Congress

Faith Castro
March 8, 2019

"I grew up understanding my mother believed vaccines are unsafe, as she would speak openly about her views both online and in person", the high schooler said Tuesday in testimony before a Senate hearing on contagious disease outbreaks. His mom got her misinformation from conspiracy posts on Facebook, posts created to "instill fear in the public".

Ethan Lindenberger made headlines a year ago after getting vaccinated at the age of 18 against the wishes of his anti-vaxxer mother. Ethan Lindenberger, appearing with a panel of doctors, told the committee on March 5 that it's important "to inform people about how to find good information", and to make them realize just how unsafe diseases like measles truly are.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has confirmed 206 cases of measles in 11 states in January and February of this year. It's risky: 1 in 20 patients get pneumonia, and 1 in 1,000 get brain swelling that can lead to seizures, deafness or intellectual disability.

Pressure to boost vaccinations has surged amid the worst measles outbreaks in years in several USA states including Washington, where the governor has declared a state of emergency.

On Tuesday, the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (yes, they actually call themselves the HELP Senate Committee) convened. "Paul said", Cassidy said at the start of his remarks during a hearing of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions, the beginning of a fiery response to Sen.

A new study released Monday concluded the measles, mumps, and rubella vaccine does not increase the risk of autism and does not trigger autism in children who are at risk.

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Canada's chief health officer, Dr. Theresa Tam also weighed in on this wave of later in life vaccinations saying "I don't think it's too late ever to get your measles immunization up to date". Forty-seven states permit parents or guardians to forgo their child's school-required immunizations for religious beliefs, and 17 states also allow for a child to go unvaccinated if the parent has personal, moral, or other beliefs about the procedure. This comes after pressure from lawmakers and professionals in the medical field about the spread of misinformation related to vaccines.

"We see that with the anti-vaccine community". He asked how to go about getting vaccinated on his own. While the science is clear that vaccines do not cause autism, we do need to better understand its causes.

Lindenberger's mother, Jill Wheeler, was surprised by her son's decision but said she was "proud of him, for standing for what he believes in, even if it is against what I believe".

The teenager added that he knew his mother loved him, but that her actions put him in harm's way.

But, i'm a senior in high school now with a vehicle, a license, and money of my own.

Ethan first went viral in November after asking Reddit for advice on how to get vaccinated without the consent of his anti-vax parents, who he said, "think vaccines are some kind of government scheme".

In fact, the scale of the problem is such that the World Health Organization recently listed vaccine hesitancy as one of its top 10 threats to global health in 2019. "My mom did not believe that vaccines were beneficial to the health and safety of society and believes that they cause autism, brain damage and other complications".

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