An 18-year-old from Ohio who famously inoculated himself against his mother’s wishes says he attributes his mother’s anti-ναccιnє
ideology to a single source: fαcebσσƙ
, a high school senior, testified Tuesday before the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labour and Pensions, underscoring the importance of “credible” information.
In contrast, he said, the false and deep-rooted beliefs his mother held – that ναccιnєs were dangerous – were perpetuated by social mєdια
. Specifically, he said, she turned to anti-ναccιnє groups on social mєdια for evidence that supported her point of view.
In an interview with The Washington Post
on Tuesday, Lindenberger said fαcebσσƙ, or websites that were linked to through fαcebσσƙ, is really the only source his mother ever relied on for her anti-ναccιnє information.
Most important, Lindenberger said, was the impact fαcebσσƙ’s anti-vax communities had on his family.
“I feel like if my mom didn’t interact with that information, and she wasn’t swayed by those arguments and stories, it could’ve potentially changed everything,” Lindenberger said. “My entire family could’ve been ναccιnαted.”
Lindenberger said he believed his older siblings, who pre-date fαcebσσƙ, had been ναccιnαted. He said his younger siblings have not.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) explicitly states that there is no link between ναccιnєs and autism. The CDC also warns of incorrect information, easily spread and made available online.https://www.yahoo.com/news/teenager-defied-anti-vax-mother-102713148.html