Newspapers headlines recently covered an irregular issue, which is crucial to highlight for several households in the country. Media outlets started to write about a teenager of Ohio, who defied his mother and decided to get vaccinated. On Tuesday, Ethan Lindenberger will share his experience before the congress.
The recently turned 18-year-old made a Twitter announcement stating to testify about the importance of vaccination at a hearing organized for the US Senate Committee on Health, Education, and Labor and Pensions. Publishing a YouTube video on Saturday, Lindenberger said that he is looking forward to enlighten people about “outbreaks of preventable diseases as well as addressing misinformation that causes these outbreaks”.
According to the reports, the testimony will take place alongside the Washington state’s secretary of health, John Wiesman; president and CEO of the Immune Deficiency Foundation, John G. Boyle; and other health experts.
Until just a couple of months ago, Lindenberger hadn’t got a single vaccination, as his mother “didn’t believe that vaccines were beneficial to the health and safety of society”. He shared the entire experience in the video, saying, “I grew up in an [anti-vaccination] house hold.” He said that his mother believes that vaccines “cause autism, brain damage and other complications”.
Considering her family’s views, Lindenberger started getting vaccinated a few months after turning 18 without informing them. In November, he shared his story in a Reddit post, asking for suggestions and information before getting vaccinated. “I’ve never been vaccinated for anything, god knows how I’m still alive,” he wrote.
In an early February statement, Lindenberger stated that he opted the option for “my safety and the safety of others”.
At this weeks hearing called “Vaccines Save Lives: What is Driving Preventable Disease Outbreaks?”, the Norwalk teen will speak alongside two professors of pediatrics and epidemiology, the president and CEO of the Immune Deficiency Foundation, and the Washington state secretary of health.
Excited Lindenberger stated that he is “looking forward to speaking in Washington, DC”.