An 18-year-old from Ohio who famously inoculated himself against his mother’s wishes says he attributes his mother’s anti-vaccine
ideology to a single source: Facebook
, 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 vaccines were dangerous – were perpetuated by social media
. Specifically, he said, she turned to anti-vaccine groups on social media for evidence that supported her point of view.
In an interview with The Washington Post
on Tuesday, Lindenberger said Facebook, or websites that were linked to through Facebook, is really the only source his mother ever relied on for her anti-vaccine information.
Most important, Lindenberger said, was the impact Facebook’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 vaccinated.”
Lindenberger said he believed his older siblings, who pre-date Facebook, had been vaccinated. He said his younger siblings have not.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) explicitly states that there is no link between vaccines 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