Published: Wed, February 13, 2019
Medicine | By Brett Sutton

Teenager with anti-vax mum gets vaccinated on his 18th birthday

Teenager with anti-vax mum gets vaccinated on his 18th birthday

Lindenberger has younger siblings, and he said that he hopes they get vaccinated.

Only three states prohibit all non-medical exemptions. Wheeler told Undark her son's decision to get vaccinated was a "a slap in the face".

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

"Her opinions are mostly not backed by science, so very largely illogical or rooted in misinformation", said Lindenberger, about disagreeing with his mom.

Ethan has now received "Tetanus, Hep B, Hep A, HPV, and influenza shots", which has seriously affected his relationship with his mum.

Generally, in the USA a person must be at least 18 years of age to make decisions to have any sort of procedure or medical treatment, but under the Mature Minor Doctrine, a total of 15 states - including Florida, Pennsylvania and IL - allow decisions to be made without any sort of parental consent.

Lindenberger showed his mother an article from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) about how vaccines don't cause autism, but it did little to change her mind. You don't know what you're talking about.

After Mr. Lindenberger reviewed scientific papers, journals and CDC studies on vaccines, he made a decision to get vaccinated for hepatitis A, hepatitis B, influenza and HPV, according to a shot record viewed by the Post. The other must be a paperwork mistake, she said.


An Ohio teenager defied his mother's wishes by going to get vaccinated for the first time in his life when he turned 18.

In Washington, a self-described underage teen wrote in January that his or her mother would not allow vaccines.

His journey to get vaccinated, however, stemmed from him wanting to protect others against diseases as much as himself. Just two weeks ago, Washington state declared a public health emergency because of an ongoing outbreak of measles.

OH is one of 17 states where parents can opt out of vaccinating their children for philosophical reasons.

"Although the number of children who have received no vaccinations by age 24 months has been gradually increasing, most children are still routinely vaccinated", wrote the authors from the CDC's National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases. In the post, Lindenberger asked for practical advice on how to begin the vaccination process, and said he had never spoken to anyone about it. While he says that his 16-year-old brother plans to get vaccinated when he turns 18, he's most anxious about his two-year-old sister, telling the Washington Post, "It breaks my heart that she could get measles and she'd be done".

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

Lindenberger said he listened to what his mother told him about vaccines while growing up and believed it was common practice.

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