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Teen defies mother, gets vaccines after turning 18

12 February 2019

It was because of this belief that Jill Wheeler - Ethan's mum - never allowed for Ethan to be inoculated against illnesses like hepatitis, measles, rubella, and mumps.

Lindenberger says he began researching the benefits of vaccination years prior and presented the information to his mother.

"For 16 years I haven't received any vaccinations", explained Ethan Lindenberger. "He continued, "I was just blown away that you know, the largest health organization in the entire world would be written off with a kind of conspiracy theory-like statement like that", adding that his mother 'kind of fell into this echo chamber, and got more and more misinformation". "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". Here's what you need to know.

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says this is a long-standing myth due to the fact that several children who die of SIDS occur during the age range that they receive their DTaP shots.

OH is one of several states where parents can make that decision.

Generally, in the USA a person must be at least 18 years of age to make decisions to have any sort of procedure or medical treatment, but under the Mature Minor Doctrine, a total of 15 states - including Florida, Pennsylvania and IL - allow decisions to be made without any sort of parental consent. In Ohio, the age of consent to vaccinations is 18.

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Almost all of the measles cases have been diagnosed in patients who were never vaccinated against the virus. Then in 2004, the editor of The Lancet termed Wakefield's research as "fundamentally flawed" and noted that Wakefield had been paid by attorneys who wanted to sue vaccine manufacturers. According to the Washington Department of Health, almost one in four Clark County kindergarten students during the 2017-18 school year did not get all their immunizations; at three different elementary schools, over 40% of kindergarteners did not get vaccinated before they started kindergarten.

Malacañang on Saturday, February 9, called on local government units (LGUs) to get involved in the information drive on immunization as part of the national government's effort to bring down measles cases in the country. Back in 2015, the state garnered the dubious distinction of having the first measles death in the United States in 12 years.

Ethan's main motivation came when a public health emergency was declared in Washington State after a measles outbreak.

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If left untreated, a potentially deadly inflammation of the brain could develop. For herd immunity to work, 90 to 95% of people need to be vaccinated, and we're seeing the effects of ignoring the science. Since then, widespread use of measles vaccine has led to a greater than 99% reduction in measles cases compared with the pre-vaccine era.

Teen defies mother, gets vaccines after turning 18