Case of measles confirmed in Vancouver

Lester Mason
February 11, 2019

The teenager chose to get vaccinated on his own after turning 18 when he was unable to convince his parents that vaccinations do not cause autism.

'It was like him spitting on me, saying "You don't know anything, I don't trust you with anything". You don't know what you're talking about. "You did make a bad decision and I'm gonna go fix it'".

Public health officials in Vancouver have said the latest case of measles there is not connected to the outbreak in Washington state, where 53 cases of the virus have been reported in Clark County since the start of the year, with one more in King County and four others in neighbouring Oregon.

"So it is clear in the law that we need to mobilize the entire government machinery, as well as our partners in the health sector, to inform the public that immunization is provided for free by the government, that it is safe, and that this is needed to protect the lives and health of children all over the country", Nograles said. Ethan had no idea that he was an outlier among his friends until he spoke to them and discovered that he was the only one who hadn't been vaccinated.

The B.C. Centre for Disease Control tracks child immunization and reports that 82.1 per cent of children aged seven had been immunized for measles in 2018, compared to 88.4 per cent in 2017 and 90.2 per cent in 2016.


Experts say that, as diseases have become less common, people don't remember a time from before vaccines were commonplace.

'Because we don't frequently see these diseases anymore, we don't perceive the risk of not getting vaccinated, ' says Julie Bettinger, a vaccine safety scientist at BC Children's Hospital, told Today's Parent.

Wheeler. who said that records showing Ethan getting two shots in 2002 are mistaken, that he only got a shot for tetanus after he cut himself, has some unusual ideas of her own, asserting, "Polio, if you really research polio, it was nearly completely eradicated, nearly gone, there was nearly no cases of polio when they introduced the oral vaccine". Lindenberger showed his mother an article from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) about how vaccines don't cause autism, but it did little to change her mind.

"Her response was simply 'that's what they want you to think, '" Lindenberger told NPR. While his father, who shares in his mother's anti-vaccination beliefs, acknowledged that the 18-year-old could do what he wanted, his mother was hurt.

Ethan has discussed the importance of vaccinations with his siblings; his 16-year-old brother is sympathetic but his 14-year-old sister is siding with their mother. He wrote: "God knows how I'm still alive".

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