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In the midst of a measles outbreak, some unvaccinated adolescents are looking for ways to get vaccinated



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By Shamard Charles, M.D. and Caroline Radnofsky

Some adolescents who have never been vaccinated against diseases such as measles or chicken pox are questioning the movement against vaccines, even when health officials condemn parents who decided not to vaccinate their children for a measles outbreak in 10 states.

One of those teenagers is Mayci, an 18-year-old from Augusta, Georgia, who went to Reddit to ask for advice about vaccination after learning of the measles outbreak.

Mayci, who asked that her last name not be included because she is worried about bothering her mother, had never been vaccinated. The reason? The position of her mother, "vaccines are bad, this is something we do not do, leave it alone," the teenager told NBC News.

"At the time I was born, my parents accepted the vaccination," Mayci said. "Almost a year and a half ago, I moved from my mother's house and left with my father. My father has a fairly neutral opinion about vaccines from now on, but when I was born, he simply agreed with the beliefs of my mother and her family. "

On Monday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed 101 cases of measles. Fifty-five of them were in the state of Washington, the epicenter of the outbreak. Almost all cases occurred in children under 10 whose parents had opted not to vaccinate them.


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