Teen defies mother, gets vaccines after turning 18

Number of people with measles tripled in Europe in 2018, WHO says

Number of people with measles tripled in Europe in 2018, WHO says

That death brought up discussions about whether to do away with the "philosophical or personal beliefs" exemption to vaccinating a child before they're allowed to enter a public school, which inevitably led to a flame war between Jim Carrey and half of Twitter.

According to NPR, Ethan Lindenberger never received vaccines for diseases like hepatitis, polio, measles, mumps, rubella, or the chickenpox. "You did make a bad decision and I'm gonna go fix it'".

Lindenberger said that his mother has tried to convince him to stop getting vaccines, but to no avail.

Lindenberger said he confronted his mother with the information, but she simply rebuffed him. "And it went from nearly completely eradicated, to the numbers were shooting, sky-rocketing back up, from immunizations". "If you have an undervaccinated population and you introduce a measles case into that population, it will take off like a wildfire", Clark County Public Health Director Alan Melnick said.

Ethan has discussed the importance of vaccinations with his siblings; his 16-year-old brother is sympathetic but his 14-year-old sister is siding with their mother. In Ohio, the age of consent to vaccinations is 18.

"More children in the WHO European Region are being vaccinated against measles than ever before; but progress has been uneven between and within countries, leaving increasing clusters of susceptible individuals unprotected, and resulting in a record number of people affected by the virus in 2018", the United Nations agency said this week in a news release.

Two doses are 97 percent effective, and public health officials in Washington recommend that everyone who is unvaccinated or only received one get both shots to avoid contracting measles.

Lindenberger says he was vaccinated for Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, HPV and influenza during his first visit to the county health department and has more vaccinations scheduled for later this month.

Washington state has become a battleground between anti-vaccine groups pushing for relaxed regulations and concerned parents watching a measles outbreak strike the Pacific Northwest, a well-documented anti-vaccination refuge.

In 2015, at least 95 cases of measles were reported nationwide by the end of January.

"The total number of people infected with the virus in 2018 was the highest this decade: 3 times the total reported in 2017 and 15 times the record low number of people affected in 2016", World Health Organization said. Minnesota is a state where guardians can opt out of required vaccinations if they philosophically object to them.