A teenager whose Reddit Post was looking for answers to the vaccine was told virally why he opposed his mother's vaccine and said his decision was not "out of defiance," but on a scientific basis.
Ethan Lindenberger An 18-year high school graduate in Ohio said he had begun to fear for his health after reading scientific articles about the benefits of vaccines.
"I was just growing up when I heard that I had not been vaccinated because it was best for me and that it was healthy and that vaccines were bad and that they have these side effects," Lindenberger told ABCs. Good Morning America "In an interview that aired on Tuesday.
He continued, "I saw that there were many people with different opinions, and when I examined these views, I came to the conclusion that they are good and useful. … There is a difference between disagreeing with a parent and trying to disobey. "
His mother, Jill Wheeler, vaccinated her eldest daughter and eldest son, but refused the same for five younger children, including Lindenberger, when she realized that she had not prescribed it by law.
Ohio is one of 17 states where parents can refuse to vaccinate children for philosophical reasons three states – California, Mississippi, and West Virginia – can vote for religious reasons, and all 50 states grant exemptions for medical reasons.
Wheeler said the injections pose a health risk, but the Centers for Control and Prevention (CDC), part of the Department of Health and Human Services, say serious side effects are very rare. Most vaccinations are extremely effective. For example, according to the CDC, two measles vaccines are 97 percent effective.
Lindenberger's first crowdsourcing guide on how and where to get vaccinated on 16 November 2018 in a Reddit post.
"My parents think vaccines are a kind of government program," he wrote. "It's stupid and I had countless arguments about the subject, but because of their belief, I was never vaccinated for anything, God knows how I'm still alive."
The Post brought over 1,000 comments, including from people, who volunteered as health professionals and provided information on vaccinations without parental consent.
Just over a month later, Lindenberger received vaccines against hepatitis A, hepatitis B, influenza, and HPV in a US Department of Heath, reports The Washington Post.
Asked against the online science magazine Undark, her son's decision felt like a slap in the face.
"It was like he was spitting on me," she said, "She says," You know nothing, I do not trust you, you do not know what you're talking about, you've made a bad decision, and I'll fix it. "
Lindenberger said there are many other teenagers with Vaxx parents looking for answers on how to get vaccinated. At least seven states have adopted the mature minor doctrine, a legal concept that allows emancipated minors with "sufficient intelligence" to petition for their own medical decisions.
"I definitely got messages and I had people who contacted me. They are in a similar situation where they want to pursue vaccinations, and their parents or officials do not think it's right." he said to ABC.
Meanwhile, measles outbreaks among the anti-Vaxx communities in New York and Washington have affected many doctors.
"The fact is that this would never happen if all these children John Lynch, medical director of infection control at the University of Washington Harborview Medical Center, told HuffPost last month, "The vaccine provides very good protection against the measles."