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Ethan Lindenberger

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Ethan Lindenberger
Born2001 (age 17–18)
ResidenceNorwalk, Ohio
NationalityAmerican
OccupationStudent
Known forPro-vaccine activism

Ethan Lindenberger (born Norwalk, Ohio, 2001) is an American teenager known for his opposition to anti-vaccine disinformation campaigns. He received vaccinations, against his parents wishes, on reaching the age of majority.[1][2][3][4][5][6]

In November 2018, before turning 18, Lindenberger used the Reddit forum to ask for help on how he should proceed to get vaccinated. Lindenberger said his mother believed in conspiracy theories about vaccines and so he had not been vaccinated as a child but that after reaching adulthood he wanted to exercise his right to be vaccinated. He says his parents rejected vaccination because of unfounded fears about adverse effects of vaccines.[7][8]

His story, which involved intergenerational conflict,[3] caught the attention of media and politicians. In March 2019 Lindenberger was invited to attend a US Senate hearing[9] which dealt with epidemics of diseases such as measles, which can be easily prevented but are returning because of the dissemination of misleading information about vaccines.[10][11][12][13][14]

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  1. "Escondido dos pais, jovem espera completar 18 anos para poder se vacinar". revistagalileu.globo.com (in português). 2019-02-20.
  2. "Coming of Age Unvaccinated". Undark. 2019-02-06.
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Unvaccinated teens are fact-checking their parents — and trying to get shots on their own". Washington Post. 2019-02-11.
  4. "Teen has vaccinations after asking Reddit". BBC. 2019-02-11.
  5. "Defying Parents, A Teen Decides To Get Vaccinated". NPR.org.
  6. "Lack of options for teen with anti-vaxx parents is heartbreaking". www.indy100.com. 2019-01-29.
  7. "Ethan Lindenberger's vaccine debate heads to congress". News-Medical.net. 2019-03-04.
  8. "Ethan Lindenberger, who got vaccines against his anti-vax mom's wishes, will speak in front of the Senate Tuesday". Newsweek. 2019-03-05.
  9. "Vaccines Save Lives: What Is Driving Preventable Disease Outbreaks?". The U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor & Pensions. 2019-03-05.
  10. "This teen got vaccinated against his mother's wishes. Now, he'll testify before Congress". Washington Post.
  11. "An 18-Year-Old High School Student Explained Why He Got Vaccinated Against His Mother's Wishes In Testimony Before Congress". BuzzFeed News.
  12. "Teen who defied mother by getting vaccinated testifies before Congress". www.cbsnews.com. 2019-03-05.
  13. "'Propagating These Lies Is Dangerous': Ohio Teen Vaccinated Against His Mother's Wishes Calls for End to Misinformation". Time. 2019-03-05.
  14. "I defied mother to get vaccinated for safety of me and others, US teen says". The Guardian. 2019-03-05.

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