Published: Tue, February 12, 2019
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Teens are reportedly seeking vaccinations without parental consent

Teens are reportedly seeking vaccinations without parental consent

It comes as an outbreak of measles were confirmed in ten states and a public health emergency was declared in an anti-vaccination "hot spot" in Portland, Oregon, last month. "There's nothing that's going to change my mind on this on that specific vaccination", said mother Monique Murray. But, due to their beliefs I've never been vaccinated for anything, god knows how I'm still alive, ' his post said.

Lindenberger's post drew more than 1,000 comments, including detailed information on navigating the health care system in one post from someone who identified as a nurse.

However there are no federal laws regulating the issue for minors who wish to get shots and it varies between different states.

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

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".

'But, I'm a senior in high school now with a vehicle, a licence, and money of my own. Measles vaccination rates at the outbreak's epicenter are now up by 500 percent, and lawmakers in Washington are proposing a bill that would no longer allow parents to cite philosophical or personal reasons for not vaccinating their child.

Lindenberger said he has seen a growing discussion online about teenagers emboldened to make their own health decisions and pursue vaccinations.


"Measles is exquisitely contagious".

The respite from new diagnoses and a low number of suspected cases could signal a slow in the spread of the disease, however public health officials say that won't be sure until at least 21 days without a new diagnosis. For herd immunity to work, 90 to 95% of people need to be vaccinated, and we're seeing the effects of ignoring the science. He says his family opted out of the required vaccinations for years.

The tension has complicated his home life. He says he regrets insulting the intelligence of his parents in the original Reddit post and urges other teenagers to be transparent and positive with parents when seeking permission to immunize.

The stakes are high for his four younger siblings.

Vancouver Coastal Health told CTV Vancouver that a person in its territory was diagnosed with measles on Thursday.

"It breaks my heart that she could get measles and she'd be done", Lindenberger said.

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