Anti-Vaxxers: Teen Rips Apart His Mother's Anti-Vax Views In Congress

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Ethan Lindenberger (R), student at Norwalk High School in Norwalk, Ohio, who confided in a now-viral Reddit post that he had not been fully vaccinated due to his mother's belief that vaccines are unsafe, speaks before the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, on March 5, 2019.

"Vaccine programs are one of public health's greatest accomplishments", Wiesman told the Senate health committee Tuesday."They are under great threat and we need to reverse course". But at the same time, Lindenberger said organized groups that spread disinformation "instill fear into the public for their own gain, selfishly" and "should be the primary concern of the American people".

Ethan Lindenberger got vaccinated against his mother's wishes, after doing his own research.

The committee hearing is titled "Vaccines Save Lives: What is Driving Preventable Disease Outbreaks?".

Measles was declared eliminated in the U.S.in 2000. In the past, Paul has questioned whether vaccines should be required, and he's parroted anti-vaccine conspiracy theories, such as in 2015, when he said he'd "heard of many tragic cases of walking, talking normal children who wound up with profound mental disorders after vaccines". It's risky: 1 in 20 patients get pneumonia, and 1 in 1,000 get brain swelling that can lead to seizures, deafness or intellectual disability.

"However, there are pockets of people who are vaccine-hesitant". On Tuesday, he addressed the Senate Committee on Health, Education Labor and Pensions about how he prioritized his health over his mother's beliefs.

In fact, a massive 10-year study of more than 650,000 children born in Denmark offered fresh reassurance that there's no risk of autism from the measles, mumps and rubella, or MMR, vaccine. They in turn are a hazard to people who can't get vaccinated - babies who are too young or people with weak immune systems.

Many vaccines are theoretically mandatory for children to attend school in the United States. The company told The Washington Post it has "taken steps to reduce the distribution of health-related misinformation on Facebook, but we know we have more to do". He gained national attention last month when he turned to Reddit to figure out how to catch up on his vaccinations. The only non-medical professional witness, the high-schooler spoke about his decision to get vaccinated and how to correct the spread of misinformation.

He explained his mother was sceptical of any information published by leading health bodies, such as the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, turning instead to online anti-vaxx groups.

Lindenberger's mother, Jill Wheeler, told The Associated Press on Tuesday that that she was proud of how her son carried himself even though "I didn't agree with anything he said".

The teenager added that he knew his mother loved him, but that her actions put him in harm's way. "They've made him the poster child for the pharmaceutical industry", she told the AP.

OH teenager Ethan Lindenberger also supported the ad campaign proposal. "I believe that the benefits of vaccines greatly outweigh the risks, but I still do not favor giving up on liberty for a false sense of security", Paul said during a Senate hearing focused on the rise in preventable disease outbreaks. While Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) supports vaccines, he argued that individuals had the right to choose to get vaccinated without government mandates.

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