'I'm also afraid I'd go somewhere that up charges vaccines way more than somewhere just down the street.
Lindenberger first crowdsourced advice on how and where to get vaccinated in a Reddit post on November 16, 2018.
"The doctors and my friends have been really supportive which helped when my mom put me down and told me how disappointed she was [that] I was wanting to get my vaccines", he wrote in January.
Most states allow religious exemptions for school vaccination requirements, and 17 states, including Washington and OR, allow parents to exempt their children for personal, moral OR other beliefs, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.
Public health officials in Washington recommend that everyone who is unvaccinated or only received one get both shots to avoid contracting measles.
And so, once he became old enough to make legal medical decisions without the consent of his parents, Ethan chose to go to the doctor himself and be inoculated.
Only three states - California, Mississippi, and West Virginia - have entirely banned non-medical exemptions to vaccinating public school attendees, but Washington state lawmakers are now considering a similar rule. All 50 allow it for medical reasons.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says this is a long-standing myth due to the fact that several children who die of SIDS occur during the age range that they receive their DTaP shots.
"I am an underage teenager in Washington, whose mother is against vaccines", wrote another teen, also on Reddit. "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".
Ethan Lindenberger gets first vaccine as Washington state struggles with a measles outbreak.
His mother, Jill Wheeler, vaccinated her eldest daughter and eldest son, but refused to do the same for five younger children, including Lindenberger, when she realized she wasn't required to do so by law.
"Measles is exquisitely contagious". The World Health Organization (WHO) even named "vaccine hesitancy" one of the top threats to global health in 2019, among HIV and pathogens like Ebola. Many, like Lindenberger, have turned to Reddit for advice.
The report comes as both Canada and the United States face another year of measles outbreaks such as one now underway in Washington State and OR, where support for anti-vaccination has been notable.
The tension has complicated his home life.
"I'm 15 years old and I never really thought about my parents not vaccinating me but now I have been doing some research about them and I don't really think they are harmful and I want to get a vaccine".
The patient, a Vancouver resident, was diagnosed on Thursday as having the virus, but the period during which it is considered infectious has since passed, said Shaf Hussain, a spokesman for Vancouver Coastal Health.
Lindenberger said he confronted his mother with the information, but she simply rebuffed him.