'God knows how I'm still alive': Teenager, 18, finally gets vaccinations and attacks his anti-vaxxer parents for believing shots cause damage and autism – as outbreak of measles sweep the country
- Ethan Lindenberger, from Ohio, rebelled against parents ant-vaccine beliefs
- His mother described decision to get shots insulting and a 'slap in the face'
- It comes as an accident in US
Sophie Law For Mailonline
A teenager finally got his first steps in the sweat across the country.
Ethan Lindenberger, 18, Norwalk, Ohio, slammed his mother for denying him shots for diseases as mumps and hepatitis because she has read debunked online theories.
The teenager decided to get vaccinated on his father when he was not being autism.
But his mother, Jill Wheeler, described the move as insulting and a 'slap in the face', according to Undark.
Ethan Lindenberger, Norwalk, Ohio, 18, was denied shots for diseases such as rubella, mumps and hepatitis growing up because of his mother read online debunked theories
Ethan's mother, Jill Wheeler, described the move as insulting and a 'slap in the face'
'I do not know anything, I do not know what you're saying, I do not know what you're saying. go fix it ". '
It comes to an emergency in a hot spot in Portland, Oregon, last month.
Why do some parents choose not to vaccinate their children?
Mounting distrust has led to outbreaks of diseases, such as whooping cough and mumps.
Experts say that, as diseases have common place.
"Because we do not often see these diseases," says Julie Bettinger, a vaccine safety scientist at BC Children's Hospital, told Today's Parent.
'But the diseases in developed vaccines for – like polio, which killed or crippled thousands of children – they were chosen because they're so severe.'
Some believed that the DTaP vaccine is the cause of the sudden infant death syndrome.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is a long-standing mind that can receive DTaP shots.
Growing up, Ethan said his parents would tell him about the negative effects of getting vaccinated – including that they could cause brain damage and autism.
Ms Wheeler said: 'I did not immunize him because I felt it was the best way to protect him and keep him safe.'
He did not have the life-saving vaccinations.
The teen decided to do some research and presentations. Jill wheeler, to try and change her mind, including a report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that debunked the autism myth.
Ethan told NPR: 'Her response was simply' that's what they want you to think '.
'I was just being blown away with a kind of conspiracy theory-like statement like that.'
Ethan says his father, despite having the same beliefs and he was 'he could do what he wanted'.
Last year, Ethan asked for advice on how to get vaccinated on Reddit. He wrote: 'God knows how I'm still alive'.
The post got more than 1,000 responses from the other unvaccinated teenagers.
Since Ethan is now legally an adult, his parents can not stop him from getting vaccinations.
However there are no federal laws governing the issue for minorities who want to get shots and it varies between different states.
States often allow parents to exempt their children form a religious, and sometimes even personal philosophical reason.
Non-medical exemptions forms vaccinations are seeing an increase in states such as Oregon, Idaho, and North Dakota put those areas at risk of a disease outburst.
Growing up, Ethan (left) said his parents would tell him about the negative effects of getting vaccinated
IS ANDREW WAKEFIELD'S DISCREDITED AUTISM RESEARCH IS A BLAME FOR LOW MEASLES VACCINATION RATES?
Andrew Wakefield's discredited autism research has long been blamed for a drop in measles vaccination rates
More and more people are choosing a group of fringe fighters against immunization – known as 'anti-vaxxers'
In 1995, gastroenterologist Andrew Wakefield published a study in The Lancet showing children who had been vaccinated against MMR were more likely to have bowel disease and autism.
He speculated that he is injected with a 'dead' form of the measles virus.
After a 1998 paper further confirmed this, Wakefield said: 'The risk of this particular syndrome [what Wakefield termed ‘autistic enterocolitis’] developing is related to the combined vaccine, the MMR, rather than the single vaccines. '
At the time, Wakefield had a patent for single measles, mumps and rubella vaccines.
Nonetheless, MMR vaccination rates in the US and the UK plummeted, until, in 2004, the editor of The Lancet Dr. Richard Horton described Wakefield's research as 'fundamentally flawed', adding he was paid by attorneys seeking lawsuits against vaccine manufacturers.
The Lancet formally retracted Wakefield's research paper in 2010.
Three months later, the General Medical Council banned Wakefield from practicing medicine in Britain, stating his research on 'callous disregard' for children's health.
On January 6, 2011, The British Medical Journal has been published in Wakefield's 1995 study, at least eight years ago.
At the same time Wakefield's paper was "all normal".
Observations of the MMR vaccine, yet another study of all sixties.