NORWALK, Ohio (WSYX/WTTE) -- An Ohio teen got his first vaccinations at age 18, despite objection from his parents.
Ethan Lindenberger first shared on Reddit that his parents think "vaccines are some kind of government scheme."
He said his parents were "kind of stupid" for their opposition to vaccines, but he described their conversation about his decision as civil.
"It really wasn't like I kind of raised my fist in the air and said like, 'You idiots, I'm getting vaccinated.' I sat down with them and I said, you know, this is the evidence I have and I presented it as best I could and they didn't agree," Lindenberger told CNN. "Once I turned 18, I said you know, even though we disagree still, I'm going to pursue vaccinations. And as we worked around that, it wasn't obviously immediately understood or immediately got across that I was doing it for my own safety and the safety of others. It's now in a great spot. My parents are very happy that I'm continuing to express that the importance of vaccines is beyond just me and other people, and I'm glad to share that story."
His vaccination comes as the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reports measles and mumps throughout the U.S., diseases that can be prevented through vaccination.