"God knows how I'm still alive": Teen, 18, finally gets vaccinations and attacks his anti-vaxxer parents because they believe the shots cause brain damage and autism – while the measles epidemic sweeps the country
- Ethan Lindenberger, from Ohio, rebelled against the parents' convictions against the vaccine
- His mother described the decision to get offensive shots and a "slap in the face"
- Comes when one measles outbreak caused a state of emergency in the United States  Di
Sophie Law For Mailonline
Finally a teenager had his first vaccination after his parents told him he had caused autism and brain damage – while the measles epidemic hit the country.
Ethan Lindenberger, 18, Norwalk, Ohio, slammed his mother for denied blows for diseases such as mumps and hepatitis because he had read the disputed online theories.
The teenager decided to get vaccinated by herself after she turned 18 when she was unable to convince her parents that vaccinations do not cause autism.
But his mother, Jill Wheeler, described the move as an insult and a "slap" face, "according to Undark.
Ethan Lindenberger, Norwalk, Ohio, 18 years, he was denied blows for diseases such as rubella, mumps and hepatitis that grows due to his mother had read the online theories debunked
Ethan's mother, Jill Wheeler, described the move as an insult and a "slap in the face"
"It was like spitting on me saying," You do not know anything, I do not trust nothing. You do not know what you're talking about. You made a wrong decision and I'm going to fix it. "
Comes when a measles outbreak has been confirmed in ten states and a public health emergency has been declared in an" anti-vaccination "hot spot in Portland, Oregon, last month.
Growing up, Ethan said his parents would tell him about the negative effects of vaccination, including the fact that they could cause brain damage and autism.
Mrs. Wheeler said: "Not I immunized because I felt it was the best way to protect it and keep it safe. "
But it was not until he talked with friends that he realized he was the only one of his peer group to not have had life-saving vaccinations.
Crescendo, Ethan (left) said that his parents would talk about the negative effects of vaccination – including the fact that they could cause brain damage and autism
. The teenager decided to do some research and presented new information to her mother, Jill Wheeler, to try to change her mind, including a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that reshaped the myth of autism.
Ethan told NPR: "His answer was simply" is what they want you to lose weight k "
& # 39; I was simply displaced that you know, the biggest The whole world's health organization would have been amortized with some sort of conspiracy-like statement. "
Ethan states that his father was less strict about his decision despite having the same convictions as his mother and told him that now he was 18 years old and that "he could do what he wanted".
Last year, Ethan asked for advice on how to get vaccinated on Reddit and wrote: "God knows how I am still alive".  The post received more than 1,000 responses, even from other unvaccinated adolescents, trying to figure out how to get shots without parental consent.
Because Ethan is now legally adult, his parents can not prevent him from getting vaccinations .
You ttavia there are no federal laws that regulate the problem for minors who wish to obtain strokes and varies between different states.
States often allow parents to exempt their children from vaccinations due to religious, and sometimes even personal or philosophical reasons.
Non-medical exemptions form vaccinations are seeing an increase in states like Oregon, Idaho and North Dakota, putting those areas at risk for disease outbreaks.
ANDREW WAKEFIELD DISCREDED THE RESEARCH OF THE AUTHISM ON THE BALL FOR LOW-FIT VACCINATION RATES?
Andrew Wakefield's discredited autism research has long been blamed for a decline in measles vaccination rates
More and more people are choosing not to vaccinate their children and this is due to a group of marginal immunization activists – known as "anti-vaxxer"
In 1995, gastroenterologist Andrew Wakefield published a study in The Lancet showing that children who were were vaccinated against MMRs were more likely to have intestinal diseases and autism.
He hypothesized that the injection of a "dead" form of the measles virus through vaccination would cause rupture of the intestinal tissue, leading to both disorders.
After a 1998 document further confirmed this discovery, Wakefield said, "The risk of this particular syndrome [what Wakefield termed ‘autistic enterocolitis’] development is related to the combined vaccine, the MMR, rather than the individual vaccines."  At the time, Wakefield had a patent for individual measles, mumps and rubella vaccines and was therefore accused of having a conflict of However, MMR vaccination rates in the United States and the United Kingdom collapsed, until , in 2004, the then publisher of The Lancet, the dott. Richard Horton described Wakefield's research as "fundamentally imperfect," adding that it was paid for by lawyers seeking legal action against vaccine manufacturers.
The Lancet formally retracted Wakefield's research paper in 2010.
Three months later, the General Medical Council forbade Wakefield from practicing medicine in Britain, stating that his research had shown a & # 39; insensible contempt & # 39; for the health of children  On 6 January 2011, The British Medical Journal published a report showing that of the 12 children included in the 1995 Wakefield study, at most two had autistic symptoms after vaccination, rather than
At least two of the children also had developmental delays before being vaccinated, but Wakefield's document said they were all "previously normal".
Further findings revealed that none of the children had autism, non-colitis or specific symptoms within days of receiving the MMR vaccine, however the study claimed that six of the participants all suffered from it.