Teen defies anti-vaccine parents, gets shots

But this United States teen has defied his parents by... immunising himself against a host of diseases.

But his mother had an incendiary response to Ethan getting vaccinated, saying it was "a slap in the face ..."

"My parents think vaccines are some kind of government scheme", Lindenberger wrote days before Thanksgiving. But, due to their beliefs I've never been vaccinated for anything, god knows how I'm still alive, ' his post said. Lindenberger has more shots scheduled for later this month. Different state laws affect how old minors need to be to make their own medical decisions.

"I looked into it, it was clear there was way more evidence in defense of vaccines", he said.

His mother, Jill Wheeler, was angered by his pursuit, she told Undark, an online science magazine.

OH is one of several states where parents can make that decision.

Late a year ago, Lindenberger, now a high school senior, confided in a pastor, who suggested he was legally free to make decisions. 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.

Ms Wheeler said: 'I did not immunize him because I felt it was the best way to protect him and keep him safe'.

Public health officials in Vancouver have said the latest case of measles there is not connected to the outbreak in Washington state, where 53 cases of the virus have been reported in Clark County since the start of the year, with one more in King County and four others in neighbouring Oregon.

The B.C. Centre for Disease Control tracks child immunization and reports that 82.1 per cent of children aged seven had been immunized for measles in 2018, compared to 88.4 per cent in 2017 and 90.2 per cent in 2016. Measles vaccination rates at the outbreak's epicenter are now up by 500 percent, and lawmakers in Washington are proposing a bill that would no longer allow parents to cite philosophical or personal reasons for not vaccinating their child.

At the same time, 2018 followed a year in which Europe achieved its highest-ever coverage for the second dose of measles vaccination at the national level, showing that gaps at subnational levels are to blame for the disease's resurfacing. He says he regrets insulting the intelligence of his parents in the original Reddit post and urges other teenagers to be transparent and positive with parents when seeking permission to immunize.