"My mother is an anti-vax advocate that believes vaccines cause autism, brain damage and do not benefit the health and safety of society, despite the fact such opinions have been debunked numerous times by the scientific community", Lindenberger testified.
Ethan Lindenbergermade national news when he got vaccinated behind his anti-vax parents' backs after turning 18. "I have seen people who have not been vaccinated who have required liver transplantation because they were not, and who have ended up with bad diseases for no other reason than they did not understand vaccination was important".
Social media companies face increasing scrutiny for amplifying fringe anti-vaccine sentiment amid measles outbreaks in several states like Washington.
Vaccines are safe and save lives, U.S. Sen.
A new study released Monday concluded the measles, mumps, and rubella vaccine does not increase the risk of autism and does not trigger autism in children who are at risk.
According to the doctors in Canada, they have seen a significant rise in the number of Canadian teens and young adults who go out to get the MRR vaccine since an outbreak has started.
And further, he said, "hospitals commonly require their employees to be immunized, because they understand that herd immunity is important, and if a nurse's aide is not immunized, she can be a Typhoid Mary, if you will, bringing disease to many who are immunocompromised".
"Many people don't resonate well with data and numbers - they resonate better through stories", Lindenberger explained. The Centers for Disease Control has a web page that reads: "Vaccines Do Not Cause Autism".
Paul's comments were quickly rebuked by his Republican colleague and a fellow doctor, Sen.
"I'm not here to say 'don't vaccinate your kids.' If this hearing is for persuasion, I'm all for the persuasion". The only non-medical professional witness, the high-schooler spoke about his decision to get vaccinated and how to correct the spread of misinformation.
"Some years it's completely wrong", he said. Bill Cassidy (R-La.) noted vaccine requirements only apply to children entering school, and exercising individual liberty should not come at the expense of the health of others.
"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.
"I want to speak directly to the parents who have children with serious health issues and who have been attending our hearings in Washington state and are watching this hearing today", health secretary Wiesman said at the hearing.
"I would say it's not your job to convince people, it's your job to find the evidence and compare notes", he wrote in response to a question about arguing with anti-vaxxers.
An overwhelming majority of parents vaccinate their children. The spread of measles is exacerbated by what the CDC describes as "U.S. communities with pockets of unvaccinated people". He asked how to go about getting vaccinated on his own.