Teen With Anti-Vax Mom Celebrates His 18th Birthday By Getting Vaccinated ‘For Everything’
Ethan Lindenberger spent his youth believing his classmates did not get vaccinated either. He soon discovered that not only had most of his peers had their recommended vaccinations but his older siblings had obtained them also. The Ohio adolescent was not vaccinated due to his mother’s beliefs regarding the effect of vaccinations and therefore was not inoculated from the likes of hepatitis, measles, rubella, and mumps.
His mother refused to get him vaccinated after studying advice online that asserted vaccinations could result in autism and brain damage, and while he did not agree with her, it is outside his choice at the time. Now, however, he has became 18 and has now become an adult, meaning he could have them completed independently.
Thus, Ethan celebrated his 18th birthday by becoming vaccinated from a whole lot of different ailments.
A teen rebelling against his parents by getting vaccinated is the most 2019 headline I can think of. https://t.co/b04d2jZwel
— Heather D (@becomingcliche) February 9, 2019
There are plenty of children in a similar situation to Ethan, many of which took to Reddit to find out how they can get themselves vaccinated. Ethan posted about his situation in November, writing:
“My parents think vaccines are some kind of government scheme. It’s stupid and I’ve had countless arguments over the topic. But, because of their beliefs I’ve never been vaccinated for anything, god knows how I’m still alive.
“I’m going to get vaccinated but it’s more of a matter of where do I go to get vaccines.”
This post received over 1,000 responses, and set Ethan on his course to having it done on his own. He went to get his first round of shots, for diseases such as hepatitis A and B, influenza and HPV.
Speaking to NPR’s Weekend Edition, he said: