Vaccinations, eh? If I had a penny for every mind that was controlled by a vaccination, I’d have enough money to pay for a vaccination in America.

That’s not true, obviously. Firstly, anything medical is grossly overpriced over the pond and secondly, vaccinations are literally just injections that make sure you don’t die.

For some reason the legitimacy of vaccinations is never really discussed here in the UK – or I’ll wager most other countries in the world – but over in America, they’ve caused a civil war-esque divide. Even Robert De Niro’s campaigning against them.

The feeling is that they cause autism, brain damage and in some cases, are used by the government as mind-control. Why would the government control minds using something entirely optional?

Anyway, with that in mind and despite his numerous protests, Ethan Lindenberger, from Ohio, was never allowed to have vaccinations. His siblings were given them, but when it came time to vaccinate Ethan, they decided against it.

It’s not all bad though, as for his 18th birthday, Ethan took matters into his own hands and booked vaccinations for just about everything.

On my 18th I threw up all over a table at my local pub. A few weeks later I started working there. It takes all sorts to fill a world, I guess.

It was after a public health emergency was declared after a measles outbreak in Washington State that Ethan couldn’t stand it any longer. With that, he took to Reddit and looked for advice.

He wrote:

My parents think vaccines are some kind of government scheme. It’s stupid and I’ve had countless arguments over the topic. But, because of their beliefs I’ve never been vaccinated for anything, god knows how I’m still alive.

But, I’m a senior in high school now with a car, a license, and money of my own. I’d assume that I can get them on my own, but I’ve just never had a conversation with anyone about the subject. I’m also afraid I’d go somewhere that up charges vaccines way more than somewhere just down the street. Any advice would be awesome.

I’m going to get vaccinated but it’s more of a matter of where do I go to get vaccines.

Later, he told NPR:

My mum had always known I disagreed with her and figured that was going to pass, but it didn’t. When I started looking into it myself, it became very apparent that there was a lot more evidence in defence of vaccinations, in their favour.

Her response was simply ‘that’s what they want you to think’. I was just blown away that you know, the largest health organisation in the entire world would be written off with a kind of conspiracy theory-like statement like that.

Genuinely maddening.

He continued, saying:

She looked at it as me getting vaccines as a gesture of rebellion and not for my own sake and the sake of people around me.”

Ethan has appointments for his vaccinations scheduled for later this month.

Best of luck to him.

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