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Mon Feb 11, 2019, 09:25 AM

Unvaccinated teens are fact-checking their parents -- and trying to get shots on their own

Source: Washington Post

Unvaccinated teens are fact-checking their parents — and trying to get shots on their own

By Alex Horton February 10 at 5:09 PM

Ethan Lindenberger, frustrated by years of arguments about his mother’s anti-vaccination stance, staged a quiet defection on Reddit.

The Norwalk, Ohio, teenager needed advice, he said, on how to inoculate himself against both infectious disease and his family’s dogma. At 18, he was old enough, Lindenberger explained. He wanted to get vaccinated. But he didn’t know how.

“My parents think vaccines are some kind of government scheme,” Lindenberger wrote days before Thanksgiving. “But, because of their beliefs I’ve never been vaccinated for anything, god knows how I’m still alive.”

As anti-vaccination movements metastasize amid outbreaks of dangerous diseases, Internet-savvy teenagers are fact-checking their parents’ decisions in a digital health reawakening — and seeking their own treatments in bouts of family defiance.

At least three self-described teenagers from different states told Reddit they have a common problem: Their parents are staunchly opposed to vaccination, and they fear for their health if they do not take action. Different state laws affect how old minors need to be to make their own medical decisions.

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Read more: https://www.washingtonpost.com/health/2019/02/10/unvaccinated-teens-are-fact-checking-their-parents-trying-get-shots-their-own/

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Mon Feb 11, 2019, 09:37 AM

1. Could some anti-vax parents be more afraid of being proven wrong, than of the vaccines?

It seems they likely survived their vaccinations, with no major issues.

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Mon Feb 11, 2019, 10:56 AM

2. Teenagers should be able to get them without parental approval.

Barring any medical issues (that their doctors should be aware of), they should be able to take charge of some aspects of their own health and protect themselves and those around them from easily preventable illnesses.

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