Like a growing number of teenagers in the US, Ethan Lindenberger reached the age of 18 without receiving most government-recommended vaccines.

"God knows how I’m still alive," he wrote on online platform Reddit in November, explaining his mother believed vaccines caused brain damage and autism. 

Approaching his 18th birthday, when he would no longer require parental consent, Ethan made a major decision – he would defy his mother and get vaccinated.

"I had done the research and I believed I was doing what was best for me," he told The Telegraph. "My mom freaked out by the idea and wasn’t fully supportive. She still believes that vaccines are wrong and dangerous, she has not changed her views at…

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