'My parents think vaccines are some kind of government scheme. "But, due to their beliefs I've never been vaccinated for anything, god knows how I'm still alive".
This elicited a flood of unvaccinated children and teens to take to the internet asking how they could circumnavigate their parents' wishes and have themselves vaccinated, for fear of their own health. Lindenberger has more shots scheduled for later this month.
"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 read scientific papers and journals.
Lindenberger said that his mother has tried to convince him to stop getting vaccines, but to no avail. His mother resisted and claimed there were autism risks from vaccines, a common argument used by anti-vaccination groups that has been widely debunked.
Jill Wheeler, the mother of Ethan Lindenberger, 18, vaccinated her oldest daughter and partially vaccinated her oldest son. "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 don't know what you're talking about. "You did make a bad decision and I'm gonna go fix it'".More news: Pompeo warns Europeans of risks to US cooperation over Huawei
Wheeler did not respond to a request for comment.
Only three states prohibit all non-medical exemptions.
'But, I'm a senior in high school now with a auto, a licence, and money of my own.
At 18, Lindenberger controls the vaccinations he gets and has since been immunized for HPV, hepatitis A, hepatitis B and influenza.
He says the only shot he received, tetanus, as a toddler was out of necessity. The other must be a paperwork mistake, she said.
Ethan said, "I'm a very obedient child". A surge in measles cases prompted Gov. Jay Inslee to declare a state of emergency January 25.More news: Katy Perry Pulls ‘Blackface’ Shoes From Retailers
"Measles is exquisitely contagious". User /u/Danny691261 posted, "I am writing because I am the 15 year old son of an anti-vaccine parent". He says his family opted out of the required vaccinations for years. "This means that gaps at local level still offer an open door to the virus", says Dr Zsuzsanna Jakab, Director of the WHO's Regional Office for Europe in Copenhagen.
The tension has complicated his home life.
"God knows how I'm still alive", Lindenberger wrote in a post on Reddit in November.
Ethan has discussed the importance of vaccinations with his siblings; his 16-year-old brother is sympathetic but his 14-year-old sister is siding with their mother. In Canada, a Vancouver man was diagnosed this past Thursday with the virus but is said to have passed the period during which it is considered infectious.
"It breaks my heart that she could get measles and she'd be done", Lindenberger said.More news: United Kingdom paper reveals abuse claims against tycoon Philip Green