Teen defies anti-vaccine parents, gets shots

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It comes as an outbreak of measles were confirmed in ten states and a public health emergency was declared in an anti-vaccination "hot spot" in Portland, Oregon, last month. He says his family opted out of the required vaccinations for years.

Yet before the push for eradicating polio worldwide began in 1988, 350,000 children were paralyzed by polio each year, while according to the World Health Organization, in 2018, there were barely 100 cases of vaccine-derived polio in the entire world.

Her son said it was never his intention to blame his parents or make them look dumb, saying, "That came from a place of frustration and trying to deal with this issue and find common ground".

The surge in cases is "not surprising" given the rise of anti-vaccine activism and a recent importation of cases from outside the country, says Dr. Jeanne Marrazzo, who heads the Division of Infectious Diseases at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

"God knows how I'm still alive", Lindenberger wrote in a post on Reddit in November.

So far in 2019, outbreaks of three or more cases also have been reported in Texas, New York City and New York's Monroe and Rockland counties.

Across Canada, only a single new case of laboratory-confirmed measles was reported between December 30, 2018, and January 26, 2019, according to Health Canada's most recent measles and rubella monitoring reports.

Outbreaks in New York City and Rockland County have been ongoing since a year ago, and have been concentrated among Orthodox Jewish communities. As of Saturday, 54 cases had been confirmed. Many cases have hit the state's Orthodox Jewish communities, parts of which support the anti-vaccination movement, a trend that has weakened herd immunity. Outbreaks have occured as travelers returning home from countries, including Israel-which is experiencing its own measles outbreak-bring the disease to the USA and encounter unimmunized communities and individuals.

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The highly contagious virus spreads through the air and can linger for up to two hours in an isolated space.

The post garnered over 1,000 comments, including from people who identified as health care professionals and provided information on how to pursue immunizations without parental permission. It causes fever, red eyes, cough, runny nose and a rash.

In Clark County, the majority of patients have been unvaccinated children under 10 years old.

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.

Experts say the vaccination rate usually needs to be north of 80% for that.

It was because of this belief that Jill Wheeler - Ethan's mum - never allowed for Ethan to be inoculated against illnesses like hepatitis, measles, rubella, and mumps.

As it stands, Washington remains one of just 17 states that still allow exemptions based on personal or moral beliefs, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

A similar measure failed in 2015 after facing opposition.