Teen gets vaccinated for the first time at 18 against parent objections


COLUMBUS, Ohio (ABC4 News) – In a Redditt post about two months ago, an Ohio teen shared that his parents “think vaccines are some kind of government scheme.”

Ethan Lindenberger added that he had never been vaccinated for anything until recently.

He went out to get vaccinated for the first time after turning 18, even though his parents objected.

Lindenberger called his parents “kind of stupid” for their opposition to vaccines in the Reddit post, but he said their conversation about his decision as civil.

“And as we worked around that, it wasn’t obvious immediately understood or immediately got across that I was doing it for my own safety and the safety of others. It’s now in a great spot. My parents are very happy that I’m continuing to express that the importance of vaccines is beyond just me and other people, and I’m glad to share that story,” said Lindenberger. 

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention reports outbreaks of measles and mump throughout the United States. Experts say the key to stopping them is to get vaccinated. 

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