But he didn't know how. "I haven't succeeded. So instead I am trying to research how to be vaccinated without my mother's consent".
As anti-vaccination movements metastasize amid outbreaks of risky disease, internet-savvy teenagers are fact-checking their parents' decisions in a digital health reawakening - and seeking their own treatments in bouts of family defiance.
OH is one of several states where parents can make that decision.
Lindenberger's post drew more than 1,000 comments, including detailed information on navigating the health care system in one post from someone who identified as a nurse.
Lindenberger said he listened to what his mother told him about vaccines while growing up and believed it was common practice. So what was happening in his house?
A teen whose Reddit post seeking answers on how to get vaccinated went viral explained why he defied his mother's anti-vaccination beliefs, stating his decision wasn't "out of spite" but based on science.
'I'm also afraid I'd go somewhere that up charges vaccines way more than somewhere just down the street. "I had grown up hearing that and when I started to move on to social media, you know, 13, 14, there was very online heated debate. You did make a bad decision and I'm gonna go fix it'". All but three states allow the exemption on religious grounds.
'But, I'm a senior in high school now with a vehicle, a licence, and money of my own.
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He has shots listed for tetanus and hepatitis B, administered when he was 2 years old, but Wheeler told Undark he received the tetanus shot after he accidentally cut himself.
In an interview with CNN, Lindenberger said his conversation with his parents about him getting vaccinated was actually civil.
In Washington, a self-described underage teen wrote in January that his or her mother would not allow vaccines.
"There's a degree of feeling like, you know, he doesn't trust what I say as a parent", Wheeler said.
Malacañang on Saturday, February 9, called on local government units (LGUs) to get involved in the information drive on immunization as part of the national government's effort to bring down measles cases in the country. The 18-year-old and his parents disagree over whether Ethan should be vaccinated against serious contagious viruses like measles, mumps, chickenpox, polio-or any disease for that matter, since his parents are committed anti-vaxxers. Minnesota is a state where guardians can opt out of required vaccinations if they philosophically object to them. Many, like Lindenberger, have turned to Reddit for advice.
The tension has complicated his home life.