An American teenager whose mother opposes vaccination has celebrated her 18th birthday.th Birthday vaccinating against a whole load of diseases.
Ethan Lindenberger, of Ohio, was never vaccinated because of his mother's belief, even though all his older brothers and sisters had their blows.
Jill Wheeler, Ethan's mother, never allowed Ethan to be inoculated against diseases such as hepatitis, measles, rubella and mumps. Then, now that he is old enough to make his own decision, he went to the doctors to attack him.
It's not what we usually associate with the 18th birthday shots, but whatever.
Explaining its history to NPRis Weekend editionEthan said her mother does not believe in vaccines because she has seen information on the Internet that links them to autism and brain damage.
Oh, and many people believe that the government is trying to control the minds of people. That is totally superior to the board.
Ethan was moved to protect himself after a public health emergency was declared in Washington state following a measles outbreak.
The state of Washington recently had a large outbreak of measles. Credit: PA
A group of children, including Ethan, went to Reddit to ask how they could get vaccinated. The Ethan publication said: "My parents believe that vaccines are a kind of government scheme, it is stupid and I have had innumerable arguments on the subject, but because of their beliefs, I have never been vaccinated, God knows how I am. alive.
"But now I'm a senior in high school with a car, a license and my own money, I guess I can get them on my own, but I've never had a conversation with anyone about it. go to a place where vaccinations are collected much more than somewhere in the street, any advice would be amazing.
"I'm going to get vaccinated, but it's more about where I'm going to get vaccinated."
An MMR vaccine. Credit: PA
While there are some different rules in the US UU On when a medical procedure, including injections, can be performed without the consent of the parents, once Ethan turned 18, he could be legally vaccinated, even against his mother's wishes. He did so.
He said NPR: "My mother had always known that I did not agree with her and I thought it would happen, but it was not like that." When I began to investigate it, I realized that there was much more evidence in defense of the vaccines, in her favor.
"Your answer was simply" that's what they want you to think. "I was surprised that the world's largest health organization was canceled with a kind of conspiracy statement like that."
Demonstrators against vaccination in the United States. Credit: PA
She continued: "She saw him as receiving vaccinations as a gesture of rebellion and not for my own good and for the good of the people around me."
Ethan is booked to have more shots at the end of the month. He says he does not question his mother's love, but he does think his judgment is wrong in this case.
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