Teen gets vaccinated at 18 despite anti-vaxxer parents

A movement is spreading: Teens are reportedly seeking vaccinations without parental consent

A movement is spreading: Teens are reportedly seeking vaccinations without parental consent

Teenage children who were denied vaccinations by their parents are taking to places like Reddit and other social media platforms to find out how to take matters into their own hands - without their parents' permission.

One such teenager, Ethan Lindenberger from OH, asked for help from the Internet on how to get vaccinated after his parents refused to do so when he was growing up.

"It was like him spitting on me", Wheeler told Undark.

An Ohio teen went against his mother's wishes and got vaccinated against the flu, hepatitis, tetanus and HPV.

If you're in a similar position to Ethan, you can look here for further information on how to get vaccinated in the US. His parents follow the belief that vaccines can cause autism and that they are a result of a government scheme, according to his Reddit post last November. It's stupid and I've had countless arguments over the topic. "But, due to their beliefs I've never been vaccinated for anything, god knows how I'm still alive".

He said that to empower more teenagers to get immunized, states should lower the age of consent needed for vaccinations rather than push for stricter immunization laws.

Wheeler said she believes the injections pose a health risk, but the Center of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), part of the Department of Health and Human Services, say serious side effects are very rare.

When it became obvious his mum wouldn't budge, Ethan chose to take matters into his own hands and as soon as he turned 18, he booked an appointment at the doctors to catch up on a lifetime of vaccinations.

As these teenagers come of age, they are starting to form their own opinions and deciding that their parents don't know best when it comes to their health and well-being.

Friday, Washington lawmakers heard testimony on a bill that would remove parents' ability to opt their school-age children out of the combined measles, mumps and rubella vaccine.

Despite Lindenberger showing his parents scientific studies proving that vaccines were safe and effective, his mother remained unconvinced.

"My 16-year-old says, you know, 'I haven't made a concrete decision; I'm not sure what I believe or what I want.' My 14-year-old is saying, 'I believe what you believe, mom, '" she continued. "Any advice on what to do?" reads another posting on the Internet message board.

"Across the USA, minors generally can not consent to their own health care; however, there are several federal and state laws that permit a minor to consent to his or her own medical treatment in specific circumstances, but it does not usually include immunizations". What he found was that there was "a lot more evidence" in favor of vaccinations.

In Washington, a self-described underage teen wrote in January that his or her mother would not allow vaccines. "Is there a version of the Mature Minor Doctrine in Florida?"

Lindenberger said that his mother has tried to convince him to stop getting vaccines, but to no avail. "Any and all advice is appreciated", another user posted.

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