Overwhelmed theories about childhood vaccine safety threaten Ohio's mother against teenage boy. Higher senior student Ethan Lindenberger recently opposed his mother and was vaccinated, saying that the wrong beliefs of his parents put him at risk of his health and the health of his young siblings.
For most of his life, Lindenberger believed that it was normal for most children not to be immunized, but about two years ago he began to see how the dangers of the vaccines his mother shared in social media were dangerous.
"I question her decision, but not her concern," he said. "You have something like measles, which is a preventable disease against which we can vaccinate against what I and many people believe is coming back because of opinions like those that have affected my mother."
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In November, Lindenberger asked strangers at Reddit, an online news board where he could meet his photos. "My parents are stupid," he writes. "God knows how I'm still alive.
His mother, Jill Wheeler, said she was "blown" when she found out.
"There's a feeling he does not know the trust of what I say as a parent," Wheeler said.
Her son said she had never intended to blame her parents or make them look dumb, saying: "This comes from a place of disappointment and tries to deal with this problem and find a common ground."
Lindenberger has shown her parents research that shows that the vaccines are safe and effective, but her mother remains unconvinced.
"I was just afraid he would get these immunizations and there would be a bad reaction … I think many people see this as a direct, black and white response and I do not feel that way," Wheeler says.
Lindenberger is 18 and in Ohio is old enough to get pictures without the permission of his parents. In December, he was vaccinated for influenza, hepatitis, tetanus and HPV. His 16-year-old brother, who is now considering taking a shot, will have to wait.
There is no federal law obliging children to be immunized, but only seven states and Washington allow minors to receive vaccinations without parental consent.
"I am very proud of him, that he is for what he believes, even if he is against what I believe. He is a good guy. He's a good kid, "Wheeler said.
Conspiracy therapies therapies often use pseudo-scientific language that makes them powerful and lasting. As we saw with the outbreak of measles in Washington and Oregon, there is a very real risk when parents buy these half-truths, according to Dr. Tara Narula from CBS News.
Narula recommends parents who have questions about vaccine safety to visit the website of the American Academy of Pediatrics and HealthyChildren.org, where there are dozens of studies debuting common vaccine myths. She also recommends consulting your doctor.
For example, there is no evidence that autism is caused by a measles, mumps, and rubella vaccine, and there is no evidence that it is caused by a thiomersal, a mercury-based preservative that is sometimes used in vaccines.