“I approached my mother numerous times trying to explain that vaccines are safe and that my family should be vaccinated, approaching even with articles from the CDC explicitly claiming that ideas that vaccines cause autism and extremely dangerous consequences were incorrect,’ Lindenberger said. In one such instance he said his mother responded with, ‘That’s what they want you to think.'” Teen who defied mother by getting vaccinated testifies before Congress.

+ Anti-vaxxers getting rejected in their communities and even their own homes can take some solace in the fact that they still have Arizona. “The measles outbreak in Washington state and elsewhere is prompting some states to look at tightening vaccine requirements for schoolchildren. But not in Arizona. Lawmakers there have been considering bills to make it easier for parents to get exemptions for their kids from the usual childhood vaccinations.”