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Ohio teen waited for 18 anniversary and made vaccinations against the will of parents

“God Knows How I Still Live”: A young man from Norwalk, Ohio, waited 18 to get the vaccines he needed against the wishes of his parents, who had been opposed to vaccinations all his life, believing it caused autism. The measles outbreak in the United States prompted the young man to make a decision for himself - but before that, he scrupulously studied the issue.


18-year-old Ethan Lindenberger made vaccinations against six diseases, including mumps and hepatitis, writes The Daily Mail... His parents refused to vaccinate their son, being supporters of the anti-virus movement (in Russian-speaking countries they are called anti-vaccines) - these people believe that vaccines can cause various diseases and even be a biological weapon.

Ethan decided to vaccinate, examining the issue and concluding that there is irrefutable scientific evidence that the vaccination really works.

His mother, Jill Wheeler, who owns a children's theater company, called the move “insult” and “slap”.

The mother of seven children said: “As if he had spat on me, saying:“ You don’t know anything, I don’t trust you in anything. You do not know what you are talking about. You made a bad decision, and I will go and fix it. "

Additional motivation for Ethan is that 10 states in the US have confirmed a measles outbreak and Portland, Oregon, which is considered an anti-Axis hot spot, declared a public health emergency last month.

Growing up, Ethan thought his parents would tell him about the real negative effects of vaccinations, including whether vaccines could cause brain damage and autism. But after talking with friends, he realized that he was the only one in his peer group who did not have vaccinations.

As a child, he was not vaccinated against measles, mumps and rubella (MMR), chickenpox, and even polio, a disease that can cause paralysis and death. Ethan said his mother was influenced by theories such as the work of discredited physician Andrew Wakefield and his research linking the MMR vaccine to autism.

Wheeler commented: “I didn’t give him vaccinations because I felt that this was the best way to protect him and protect him. Due to the oral vaccine, polio began to develop in humans. And being almost completely exterminated, it soared to the sky after people began to inculcate. ”

The teenager decided to conduct his own research and familiarized the mother with the information received, trying to change her point of view - among the data were official reports from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which debunked myths about autism.

"Her response was, 'They just want people to think that way," Ethan says. "I was just shocked, because this is the largest health organization in the world, and it is put on the same line with some semblance of conspiracy theory."

Ethan said his mother "kind of got into the echo room and got more and more misinformation." His father was less harsh in his decision, despite the fact that he had the same convictions. He told his son that at the age of 18 he already “can do what he wants”.


“I'm a very obedient child,” said Lindenberger. “I'm really not trying to act against my mom. Even though I'm 18 years old, I don't want to do that. ”

Last year, Ethan asked for advice on how to vaccinate on Reddit. He wrote: “My parents are stupid and do not believe in vaccines. God knows how I still live. ”

The message received more 1000 responses, including from other unvaccinated teens who tried to figure out how to get vaccinated without parental consent.

And what about his mother? Mrs Wheeler says her experiences with Ethan convinced her to start talking to younger children about not getting vaccinated. She said, “It opened my eyes. I better teach them now, without waiting until they turn 18. ”

Ethan said that he also tried to discuss this issue with his brothers and sisters and received a mixed reaction. His 16-year-old brother wants to give an injection, but an 14-year-old sister agreed with her mother.

Since Ethan is legally an adult, parents can't stop him from getting vaccinated. But there are no federal laws regulating this issue for minors, the situation varies from state to state. Individual states often allow parents to refuse to vaccinate children for religious, and sometimes even personal or philosophical reasons.

In Ohio, where Ethan lives, the age of consent for vaccinations is 18 years, and parents have the right to make medical decisions for their children. The state allows parents to refuse vaccination. According to Mrs. Wheeler, she did not encounter much "resistance", refusing for personal reasons.

Non-medical exemptions from vaccinations lead to an increase in unvaccinated children in states such as Oregon, Idaho and North Dakota, which exposes these areas to the risk of disease outbreaks.

A measles outbreak in the anti-Axe community in Washington state has led to an emergency declared by health officials. Since January 1, 23 cases have been confirmed in Clark County. 20 cases in children who have not been vaccinated, 18 cases in children under 10 years of age.

Residents of the district who were infected with the virus attended public places such as primary and secondary schools, churches, emergency care centers, Costco, and Dollar Tree. The incubation period for measles can be 8-14 days, so it’s impossible to tell right away if a person is infected or not.

Measles is a highly contagious infection caused by a virus and is almost completely prevented by vaccination. Before measles vaccinations were introduced, more than 500 cases of the disease were diagnosed each year in the United States, and about 000 people died.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that children receive their first dose of the vaccine between 12 and 15 months of age and the second between four and six years of age. The vaccine is 97% effective. An unvaccinated person has a 90% chance of contracting measles if they inhale the virus.

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Celebrities who supported the vaccine movement

  • Andrew Wakefield and Elle MacPherson

Elle Macpherson, 51, is reportedly in a relationship with the “father” of the anti-Axis movement, 61-year-old Andrew Wakefield. Wakefield was banned from practicing medicine in the UK eight years ago after claiming the MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) vaccine caused autism and bowel disease.

The General Medical Council said its research was “heartless neglect” of children's health.

Elle has a penchant for alternative health practices and lives on "wellness cocktails," a passion she reportedly shares with Wakefield.

  • Donald Trump

President Donald Trump tweeted 20 more than once, from which it can be concluded that he believes in the theory of the relationship between vaccines and autism.

In 2014, he wrote: "If I were president, I would insist on proper vaccinations, but I would not allow one-time mass vaccinations that a small child receives - AUTISM."

  • Robert De Niro

De Niro, whose son is autistic, approved of the scandalous documentary Vaxxed, directed by Andrew Wakefield, author of the theory of the relationship of vaccination with autism.

  • Jim Carrey

In 2009, Jim Carrey said vaccines hadn't really been studied for safety. In June 2015, he tweeted that “the California government is saying yes to poisoning more children with mercury and aluminum in mandatory vaccines. This corporate fascist must be stopped. "

He called the CDC "corrupt," but also explained that he is not against all vaccinations. “I'm not against vaccines. I am against mercury. Some of the timesoral containing mercury was taken from the vaccines. NOT ALL!"

  • Jenny mccarthy

Kerry's former girlfriend, McCarthy, is one of the most prominent celebrities and opponents of vaccinations. She believes that her son’s autism was caused by vaccination: “I don’t think it was just an MMR injection, it was a complex from a series of vaccinations for a child who clearly had some autoimmune disorders.”

  • Charlie Sheen

In 2008, Charlie Sheen and Denise Richards were involved in a lawsuit about vaccinating their children Lola and Sam. Sheen said he would not allow a Beverly Hills doctor to make his MMR vaccine to his daughters. The actor was reportedly furious when the pediatrician performed the vaccination and demanded that this doctor no longer treat his children.

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