He Defied Mom on Vaccines. Now He'll Tell Congress

Ethan Lindenberger got his shots when he turned 18, despite mother's opposition
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 4, 2019 8:58 AM CST

(Newser) – When Ethan Lindenberger turned 18 and started receiving vaccinations over the objections of his anti-vaxxer mom, she said it felt as if he were "spitting on me." It's a safe bet, then, that she won't like this new development: Lindenberger tweeted that he will be testifying before Congress on Tuesday about his experience, reports USA Today. The teen from Norwalk, Ohio, will answer questions from the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions. Last month, the teen's story went viral, thanks to Reddit, after he posted about his predicament. "My parents think vaccines are some kind of government scheme ... God knows how I'm still alive," he wrote. "Where do I go to get vaccinated? Can I get vaccinated at my age?" Commenters showed him the way. (Read more anti-vaccination stories.)

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