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A measles outbreak is spreading in a Washington district known for not vaccinating its children, and health officials have declared a public health emergency.
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A teenager from Ohio, who was never vaccinated as a child due to his parenting decisions, now chooses the preventive shot, now at age 18.

Ethan Lindenberger of Norwalk, Ohio, attacks Reddit user two months ago to ask if he could be vaccinated as an adult.

"My parents think vaccines are a kind of government program … I've never been vaccinated for anything, God knows how I'm still alive," he wrote. He asked, "Where do I go to get vaccinated, can I get vaccinated at my age?"

He told Good Morning America on Tuesday he has never received any vaccines for hepatitis, polio, measles, mumps, rubella or chickenpox.

"I saw that there were many people with different opinions, and when I examined these views, I came to the conclusion that they were good and useful," Lindenberger told GMA.

His mother, Jill Wheeler, who has other children who are not vaccinated, told the GMA she was "shocked" when she heard about her son's decision.

Lindenberger has since received vaccines for hepatitis A, hepatitis B, influenza and HPV, according to the documents from The Washington Post.

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People who can not be vaccinated are too a Global Health Hazard In 2019, the World Health Organization reported. The CDC recognized that the number of children who were not vaccinated at the age of 24 months gradually increased.

More than 50 people, mostly unvaccinated children, have recently contracted measles during a public health emergency in Clark County. Washington, a well-known hotspot for vaccinations. According to the CDC, the two-dose measles vaccine is 97 percent effective.

On Friday, lawmakers in Washington heard statements on a bill that would eliminate the possibility for parents to take their school-age children out of the combined measles, mumps and rubella vaccine.

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