Ethan Lindenberger, the 18-year-old whose Reddit post seeking advice on how to get vaccinated went viral, confirmed in a video interview with Fox that he’s begun receiving his vaccines. To put this into perspective, the teenager reportedly had never received vaccines for hepatitis, polio, measles, mumps, rubella, or chicken pox, among others.
Why wasn’t he vaccinated earlier in his life? As he’s explained, his mother is skeptical of vaccines, and worried they could lead to autism or brain damage.
The Washington Post reports that, according to an immunization record it reviewed, the teenager went to an office of the Ohio Department of Health in Norwalk on Dec. 17. There he received vaccines for hepatitis A and B, influenza, and HPV.
Lindenberger has one older sibling, who received some, but not all, of the standard vaccines. Once his mother realized she could opt her children out of them (legal in their state of Ohio), she did. Their younger siblings, ages 16, 14, 5, and 2, have not been vaccinated. Ethan says the 16-year-old wants to get vaccinated as well, but because he’s still a minor, he cannot get the shots without a parent’s consent.
“It breaks my heart that she could get measles and she’d be done,” Lindenberger said of his 2-year-old sister, who is at an especially vulnerable age.