Teen Tells US Senate Why He Defied Anti-Vaccine Mother

Teen Tells US Senate Why He Defied Anti-Vaccine Mother

Teen Tells US Senate Why He Defied Anti-Vaccine Mother

On Tuesday morning, a Senate committee will hear testimony about vaccines and preventable disease outbreaks from pediatricians, Washington state's secretary of health and Ethan Lindenberger, the 18-year-old from OH who just opted to get vaccinated despite the views of his anti-vaxx parents.

The 18-year-old from OH spoke to the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions about how he came to the decision to get vaccinated on his own, and how his parents developed their unfounded beliefs that vaccines are unsafe.

In an interview with The Washington Post on Tuesday, Lindenberger said Facebook, or websites that were linked to through Facebook, is really the only source his mother ever relied on for her anti-vaccine information.

Lindenberger's 16-year-old brother is also considering getting vaccinated but will have to wait until he's 18 if his parents don't give him permission due to state laws. Once, he showed her an article from the Center for Disease Control regarding the importance of vaccination and his mother dismissed it as he was told that "that is what they want you to think".

Not only has the USA experienced a slew of risky measles outbreaks in the past year (there have been 159 confirmed cases across 10 states) but the World Health Organization recently named vaccine hesitancy as one of the top 10 global health threats.

A U.S. Senate committee invited him to share his story during a hearing that discussed what's driving outbreaks in parts of the country, mostly blaming it on those who don't get vaccinated. "She thought vaccines were a conspiracy by the government to kill children".

At last week's hearing, held by the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, Dr. Nancy Messonnier, director of the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases at the CDC, said, "I do believe that parents' concerns about vaccines leads to undervaccination, and most of the cases that we're seeing are in unvaccinated communities".

"With my mother, it wasn't she didn't have the information, she was manipulated into believing it", high school senior Ethan Lindenberger said in the hearing.

Between 2017 and 2018, the number of measles cases rose by 559 percent in the United States. Specifically, he said, she turned to anti-vaccine groups on social media for evidence that supported her point of view.

Paul's comments were quickly rebuked by his Republican colleague and a fellow doctor, Sen.

"Some years it's completely wrong", he said.

The hearing also covered herd immunity, a tenet of immunology that states the rate of a preventable illness in a population will go down if the rate of vaccination goes up. "But I do not favor on giving up on liberty for a false sense of security".

"I've seen people who have not been vaccinated who required liver transplantation because they were not", Cassidy explained. Bill Cassidy (R-La.) noted vaccine requirements only apply to children entering school, and exercising individual liberty should not come at the expense of the health of others. He said parents who question vaccines are not acting out of malice but actual concern for their children.

When it comes to the measles, mumps and rubella vaccine, the CDC has long confirmed that it is safe and effective. As of January 2019, the National Conference of State Legislature reports that all 50 states require vaccinations for students to attend school, but there are exceptions for parents who wish to opt out.

Seven people have caught measles in Canterbury. "The only way to protect against measles is to get vaccinated".

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