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Ohio teen defies mother and is vaccinated after turning to foreigner online WBNS-10TV Columbus, Ohio



It recognizes the theories about the safety of childhood vaccines against Ohio's mother against her teenage son. Senior senior Ethan Lindenberger recently defied his mother and was vaccinated to say his parents' bad leadership put the health and health of their younger siblings in jeopardy.

During most of her life Lindenberger thought it was normal for most children not to be immunized, but about two years ago she began to see what vaccinations her mother shared on the social media.

"I question her judgment, but not her care," he said. "You have something like measles, which is the prevention we can vaccinate, and many people believe it is coming back because of opinions like those that affected my mother."

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In November Lindenberger asked strangers on Reddit, an online signboard where he could go with his shots. "My parents are a little stupid," he wrote. "God knows how I'm still alive."

His mother, Jill Wheeler, said she was "blown" when she found out.

"There's a feeling you know you do not believe what I say as a parent," Wheeler said.

Her son said he never intends to blame his parents or make them look stupid and say, "It came from frustration and tried to deal with this question and find a common cause."

Lindenberger showed his parents a scientific study that showed that the vaccines were safe and effective, but his mother remained unconvinced.

"It was just that he was afraid of getting these vaccinations and had a bad reaction … I think a lot of people look at it as a direct, black and white answer and I do not feel like it," said Wheeler.

Lindenberger is eighteen and in Ohio he is old enough to get footage without the permission of his parents. In December, he was vaccinated for influenza, hepatitis, tetanus and HPV. His 16-year-old brother, who is also thinking about getting his shots, will have to wait.

There is no federal law permitting children to be immunized, but only seven states and Washington DC allow minors to get vaccinations without parental consent.

"I'm very proud of him that I stand for what he believes, even if it's against what I believe. He's a good boy, he's a good guy," Wheeler said.

Theories of conspiracy against vaccination often use a pseudo-scientific language that makes them strong and lasting. As we saw at the outbreak of measles in Washington and Oregon, there is a very real risk when parents buy these half truths, Tara Narula from CBS News.

Narula recommends that parents who have questions about vaccine safety visit the American Paediatrics Academy website and HealthyChildren.org, which contains dozens of studies that reveal common vaccine myths. It also recommends consulting with a health care provider.

For example, there is no evidence that autism is caused by a measles, mumps and rubella vaccine, and no evidence is caused by thimerosal, a mercury-based preservative that is sometimes used in vaccines.


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