An Ohio teen who was never vaccinated for diseases as a child because of his parent’s decisions, is choosing to get the preventive shots now at 18.
Ethan Lindenberger of Norwalk, Ohio, reached out to Reddit users two months ago to ask whether he could be vaccinated as an adult.
“My parents think vaccines are some kind of government scheme … I’ve never been vaccinated for anything, God knows how I’m still alive,” he wrote. He asked “where do I go to get vaccinated? Can I get vaccinated at my age?”
He told “Good Morning America” on Tuesday that he never received vaccines for hepatitis, polio, measles, mumps, rubella or chickenpox.
“I saw that there were a lot of people with different opinions, and as I explored those opinions, I came to the conclusion that they were good and beneficial,” Lindenberger told GMA.
People choosing not to vaccinate have become a global health threat in 2019, the World Health Organization reported. The CDC recognized that the number of children who aren’t being vaccinated by 24 months old has been gradually increasing.