Teen defies anti-vaccine parents, gets shots

Reported cases of measles have spiked 30 per cent worldwide since 2016.							Jeff J Mitchell  Getty Images

"More children in the WHO European Region are being vaccinated against measles than ever before; but progress has been uneven between and within countries, leaving increasing clusters of susceptible individuals unprotected, and resulting in a record number of people affected by the virus in 2018", the United Nations agency said this week in a news release.

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. His friends were getting vaccinated. "It was like him spitting on me", she told the site, "saying 'You don't know anything, I don't trust you with anything. You did make a bad decision and I'm gonna go fix it'".

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

Two doses are 97 percent effective, and public health officials in Washington recommend that everyone who is unvaccinated or only received one get both shots to avoid contracting measles.

In Washington, a self-described underage teen wrote in January that his or her mother would not allow vaccines. "I, as well as my siblings, hold the ideology that vaccines are a public health issue, and a personal responsibility to the benefit of the population, not a right you can revoke from your children".

Recent measles outbreaks in the US have reignited the debate over whether non-medical exemptions to inoculations should be allowed.

Ethan Lindenberger gets first vaccine as Washington state struggles with a measles outbreak.

Teenager, 18, finally gets vaccinations and attacks his anti-vaxxer parents
Last year, Ethan asked for advice on how to get vaccinated on Reddit . You did make a bad decision and I'm gonna go fix it'".

"Measles is exquisitely contagious".

"I am writing because I am the 15-year-old son of an anti-vaccine parent", reads a plea posted on Reddit four months ago.

Despite measles being officially declared "eliminated in the United States" in 2000, the number of measles cases have been increasing ever since, with 79 cases already in 2019, majority in Washington state.

Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles made the call as he assured the public that the government will "properly implement" Republic Act (RA) 10152 or the Mandatory Infants and Children Health Immunization Act of 2011.

The patient, a Vancouver resident, was diagnosed on Thursday as having the virus, but the period during which it is considered infectious has since passed, said Shaf Hussain, a spokesman for Vancouver Coastal Health. He says his family opted out of the required vaccinations for years.

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

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