Child of Anti-Vaxxer Speaks to Congress After Receiving Immunizations

Cassidy To Paul: Anti-Vaxxers Shouldn't Be Allowed To 'Infect Other People'

"I grew up understanding my mother's beliefs that vaccines were risky". 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".

An Ohio teenager testified before Congress on Tuesday about choosing to get vaccinated at 18 despite his mother's scientifically unfounded claim that immunizations have been linked to autism, BuzzFeed News reports. Ethan Lindenberger, appearing with a panel of doctors, told the committee on March 5 that it's important "to inform people about how to find good information", and to make them realize just how unsafe diseases like measles truly are. While deaths are rare in the US, measles killed 110,000 people globally in 2017 - and unvaccinated Americans traveling overseas, or foreign visitors here, can easily bring in the virus.

Many vaccines are theoretically mandatory for children to attend school in the United States.

"For myself and my children I believe that the benefits of vaccines greatly outweigh the risks", Paul said. There have been 206 confirmed cases of measles reported in the USA, spanning 11 states, the CDC reports.

In Ethan's previously mentioned Reddit post, he said that his mother begged him not to get vaccinated, and even told him that doing so meant he didn't care about her.

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"I've seen people who have not been vaccinated who required liver transplantation because they were not", Cassidy explained.

"People don't resonate well with information and data", Lindenberger said. When he brought CDC evidence about the efficacy of vaccines to his mother, he said, she responded "that's what they want you to think". He called for an increase to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's budget and increased funding for immunization programs that involve sharing immunization information with parents and maintaining electronic immunization systems.

While Paul's remarks generated some audience applause, Sen. In fact, he added he believes his 16-year-old son Noah eventually will get his shots. And as vaccination rates in the United States continue to fall, Congress is getting involved, holding a series of hearings regarding the rise in measles cases. "But I do not favor on giving up on liberty for a false sense of security".

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) was quickly rebuked by his colleagues for the stance.

"If the nurse's aide is not immunized, she can be a Typhoid Mary, if you will, bringing disease to many who are immunocompromised", Cassidy said, adding that in a school setting, requirements may be in place to protect the health of students, including those who might have weakened immune systems and therefore cannot get immunized.

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"I'd love to be a guest at your Thanksgiving dinner at your house", quipped Senator Lamar Alexander, a Republican. "Now, if you're such a believer in liberty that you do not wish to be vaccinated then there should be a effect and that is you can not infect other people".

When it comes to the measles, mumps and rubella vaccine, the CDC has long confirmed that it is safe and effective.

What got Ethan's vaccination quest noticed was his November post on the discussion website Reddit: "My parents are kind of stupid and don't believe in vaccines".

According to Paul, people who support the measles vaccine "will be after us next" to mandate the flu vaccine.

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