"I sat down with them and I said, 'This is the evidence I have" and I presented it as best I could and they didn't agree and once I turned 18 I said 'Even though we disagree still, I'm going to pursue vaccinations".
As soon as Lindenberger became a legal adult, he said, he made a decision to get vaccinated despite his parents' objections. Eventually, she was vaccinated for "everything", she said, but did not mention at which age she was able to have the shots administered. 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. "But, due to their beliefs I've never been vaccinated for anything, god knows how I'm still alive".
'Across the US, minors generally can not consent to their own health care; however, there are several federal and state laws that permit a minor to consent to his or her own medical treatment in specific circumstances, but it does not usually include immunizations.
He says the only shot he received, tetanus, as a toddler was out of necessity.
In Washington, a self-described underage teen wrote in January that his or her mother would not allow vaccines. "I, as well as my siblings, hold the ideology that vaccines are a public health issue, and a personal responsibility to the benefit of the population, not a right you can revoke from your children".
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.
Washington state has been facing a measles outbreak with more than 50 cases.
"Measles is exquisitely contagious".
An estimated 7.9% of Clark County, Washington, kindergartners in the 2017-18 school year were unvaccinated, with most of those kids' parents citing non-medical reasons for refusing vaccines.
Malacañang on Saturday, February 9, called on local government units (LGUs) to get involved in the information drive on immunization as part of the national government's effort to bring down measles cases in the country.
The tension has complicated his home life. He says he regrets insulting the intelligence of his parents in the original Reddit post and urges other teenagers to be transparent and positive with parents when seeking permission to immunize.
He also has a 2-year-old sister, whose age exposes her to numerous infectious health risks.
His mother, Jill Wheeler, said she was "blown away" when she found out.