Ohio Teen Ethan Lindenberger Defies His Mom, Gets Vaccinated

Laverne Higgins
February 13, 2019

He wanted to get vaccinated, yet he just wasn't sure how. But he didn't know how. "My parents think vaccines are some kind of government scheme", he wrote in November.

As anti-vaccination movements metastasize amid outbreaks of unsafe disease, internet-savvy teenagers are fact-checking their parents' decisions in a digital health reawakening - and seeking their own treatments in bouts of family defiance.

And so, once he became old enough to make legal medical decisions without the consent of his parents, Ethan chose to go to the doctor himself and be inoculated.

Public health officials in Washington recommend that everyone who is unvaccinated or only received one get both shots to avoid contracting measles. So what was happening in his house?

"I plan to get Hepatitis A and B, MMR, the flu, HPV, TDaP [tetanus, diptheria and pertussis], and many other immunizations that I was "exempt" from", she wrote in an email, adding that the re-emergence of measles has made her "seriously anxious".

Many anti-vaxxer parents believe there is a link between vaccinations and autism, despite voluminous research that disputes this claim. It was like him spitting on me, saying 'You don't know anything, I don't trust you with anything. Here's what you need to know. "You did make a bad decision and I'm gonna go fix it'".

Only three states - California, Mississippi, and West Virginia - have entirely banned non-medical exemptions to vaccinating public school attendees, but Washington state lawmakers are now considering a similar rule.

Late past year, Lindenberger, now a high school senior, confided in a pastor, who suggested he was legally free to make decisions.

Lindenberger's post received more than a thousand comments with advice on how and where he should go to receive his shots.

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 odd 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". The other must be a paperwork mistake, she said.

Lindenberger's mother is anti-vaccination, and Lindenberger said she has been influenced by false information.

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Ethan said, "I'm a very obedient child". Just two weeks ago, Washington state declared a public health emergency because of an ongoing outbreak of measles.

"Measles is exquisitely contagious".

The agency said the spike in the number of cases came after European nations reached an estimated coverage rate of 90 percent in 2017 for the second dose of the measles vaccine - the highest rate ever.

A young OH man is getting all the vaccines a lot of people traditionally get as children now at that he is 18 years old. Minnesota is a state where guardians can opt out of required vaccinations if they philosophically object to them.

Ethan Lindenberger grew up thinking that not being vaccinated was normal.

The tension has complicated his home life.

"Teen-aged female here", reads a Reddit posting from last week.

The stakes are high for his four younger siblings.

He also has a 2-year-old sister, whose age exposes her to numerous infectious health risks.

Lindenberger said he confronted his mother with the information, but she simply rebuffed him.

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