"There's nothing that's going to change my mind on this on that specific vaccination", said mother Monique Murray.
Destiny Simpson's seven-year-old daughter is not allowed to get any live vaccinations. "But, due to their beliefs I've never been vaccinated for anything, god knows how I'm still alive".
A teen whose Reddit post seeking answers on how to get vaccinated went viral explained why he defied his mother's anti-vaccination beliefs, stating his decision wasn't "out of spite" but based on science.
For most of his life, Lindenberger thought it was normal for most kids not to get immunized, but about two years ago he began to see how the posts about vaccines his own mother was sharing on social media were risky.
Ethan Lindenberger, an 18-year-old high school senior in OH, said he began to fear for his health after reading scientific papers about the benefits of immunizations.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently found that the percentage of children under 2 years old who haven't received any vaccinations has quadrupled in the last 17 years, rising from.3% in 2001 to 1.3% in 2015. He read up on the dangers of anti-vaxxing and even pulled up CDC studies on his phone at the dinner table, he told the Washington Post. Different state laws affect how old minors need to be to make their own medical decisions.
Just over a month later, Lindenberger received vaccines for hepatitis A, hepatitis B, influenza and HPV at an Ohio Department of Heath office, reported The Washington Post.
Since Ethan is now legally an adult his parents can not stop him from getting vaccinations. "I had grown up hearing that and when I started to move on to social media, you know, 13, 14, there was very online heated debate". Children born after 1994 in B.C. got two doses of the measles, mumps and rubella vaccine (MMR), but people born before that time or outside of B.C. may not have recieved both doses.
On Friday, hundreds rallied to preserve their right not to vaccinate their children. It prevents an outbreak in the larger community, and it helps to protect those who have to bypass certain vaccinations for medical reasons.
As the worst measles outbreak in NY state in decades rages on, health officials have launched an "aggressive, multi-pronged" attack against the disease that has sickened more than 200 people in five months.
Many cite the anti-vaxxing movement as the cause of recent infectious disease outbreaks across the country.
Almost all of the measles cases have been diagnosed in patients who were never vaccinated against the virus. Children can't afford to go unvaccinated, but because of false theories like the ones Lindenberger's mother believes, many have to-and it puts them at serious risk.