Teen With Anti-Vax Mom Gets Vaccinated ‘For Everything’ After 18th Birthday



Celebrating his birthday in style, a kid from Ohio is receiving vaccinations from diseases including hepatitis, measles, mumps, and rubella. 18-year-old Ethan Linderger was not vaccinated due to her mother’s strong antivaxxer beliefs. Jill Wheeler had her older kids vaccinated but skipped Ethan when she learned she could opt out.

After getting his shots, Ethan explained that his mother has been influenced by online misinformation with theories like vaccination are linked to autism and brain damage.

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This little openness opened a storm of messages as numerous teens took to Reddit to ask for help on how to get vaccinated.

At the age of 18, E than wrote a post that read;
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.

But, I’m a senior in high school now with a car, a license, and money of my own. I’d assume that I can get them on my own but I’ve just never had a conversation with anyone about the subject. I’m also afraid I’d go somewhere that up charges vaccines way more than somewhere just down the street. Any advice would be awesome.

I’m going to get vaccinated but it’s more of a matter of where do I go to get vaccines.

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.
 

His post went viral, attracting more than 1,20 responses from both unvaccinated teens asking questions and people offering advice.

Now Ethan is an adult and is responsible for his own choices so his mother couldn’t stop him from getting vaccinated. So he did the next greatest thing, booking an appointment with the doctor.

He later opened up that his mother got upset, however, this was something he wanted to do.

My mom had always known I disagreed with her and figured that was going to pass, but it didn’t. When I started looking into it myself, it became very apparent that there was a lot more evidence in defense of vaccinations, in their favor.

Her response was simply ‘that’s what they want you to think’. I was just blown away that you know, the largest health organization in the entire world would be written off with a kind of conspiracy theory-like statement like that.

She looked at it as me getting vaccines for a gesture of rebellion and not for my own sake and for the sake of people around me.