In November, Lindenberger asked strangers on Reddit, an online message board, where he could go to get up to date with his shots.
"It breaks my heart that she could get measles and she'd be done", Lindenberger said. "But, due to their beliefs I've never been vaccinated for anything, god knows how I'm still alive".
User /u/Danny691261 posted, "I am writing because I am the 15 year old son of an anti-vaccine parent". 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. About a month later, the post was updated to announce that he got his vaccines.
"I haven't got vaccines since elementary school, Dad fell down the conspiracy theory rabbit hole, and my Mom agrees with him".
"Their choices don't only affect their child, their choices affect my child as well", Simpson said. He and his parents have agreed to disagree on the issue.
"I think the LGUs play a very critical and important part in this immunization program and other programs of government", he added.
"My parents are very happy that I'm continuing to express that the importance of vaccines is beyond just me and other people, and I'm glad to share that story", he said. High school senior Ethan Lindenberger recently defied his mother and got vaccinated, saying his parents' misguided beliefs put his health, and the health of his younger siblings, at risk.
"Obviously, it scares me a little bit, but I'm going to try and do my best to convince my parents that they should and hope that works", he said. In 2001, only 0.3% of kids between 19 and 35 months had received no vaccine doses.
Mounting distrust has led some parents to not immunize their children, in turn leading to outbreaks of diseases not seen in years, such as measles, whooping cough and mumps. "Continued evaluation of prevalence and reasons for nonvaccination is needed, as are improvements in access to and delivery of age-appropriate vaccinations to all children".
There is no federal law mandating children be immunized, but only seven states - including Arkansas -and Washington D.C. allow minors to get vaccinations without parental consent.
"Vaccines save lives and are safe and effective".
Since fall 2018, at least 204 people have become ill with the highly contagious and potentially deadly disease, which a vaccine can prevent. In Italy, where the current governing coalition had pledged to drop a law banning children without vaccination from starting pre-school (the coalition has since reversed its position), health officials have declared a 'measles emergency, ' as nearly one quarter of all measles cases in Europe in 2017 were reported in Italy.
'But the diseases we developed vaccines for - like polio, which killed or crippled thousands of children - were selected precisely because they're so severe'.