Ethan Lindenberger’s brother Isaac has come out as a pro-vaccine advocate after months of denouncing Ethan’s choice to vaccinate himself despite their mother’s wishes. Isaac Lindenberger says he changed his mind after reviewing numerous studies and evidence that support the effectiveness and safety of vaccines.
In a shocking turn of events, Ethan Lindenberger’s older brother Isaac changed his mind about vaccines. Last spring, Ethan defied his mother’s wishes and obtained vaccinations at the age of 18-years-old. Ethan’s story made international headlines after he sought help from Reddit users related to receiving vaccinations.
After Ethan’s story went viral, his mother, Jill, and brother Isaac made rounds on anti-vaccine podcasts and YouTube channels denouncing Ethan’s choice to vaccinate himself. Jill and Isaac appeared on an episode of Del BigTree’s “Highwire.”
During the episode, the two discussed the dangers of vaccines. Additionally, Isaac referenced the number of supposed damages paid out for injuries related to vaccines to families in court. On social media, Isaac called out his brother for defying his mother and going against the family’s political belief system.
In an interview with WOACB, Ethan Lindenberger told us the media coverage had put a strain on his relationship with his mother and older brother. Only a few months later, Isaac has had an apparent change of heart about vaccines.
On Facebook, Isaac came out as an advocate for vaccines. Additionally, he says he will receive all his vaccinations later this week. Isaac blamed his previous statements against vaccines on the great media interest in his family’s story.
“I’m officially coming out with my support for vaccines.
A few months ago, I got out of the debate entirely. Both sides tried to draw me in, and I wasn’t certain where I stood because I was basically just thrown into this controversy without enough time to figure things out for myself. I had originally wanted some more time to make a concrete choice, but circumstances have pressed me to act.”
According to Isaac, he will be leaving for college in the coming weeks. He will be attending Ohio State University. Rather than obtaining an exemption from the school for vaccines, Isaac says he plans to become fully vaccinated.
“I am moving away for college at The Ohio State University next week, and I was told I needed my vaccines to attend classes. I could have gone for exemptions, sure, and I did consider it. After thinking about it for some time, I decided I don’t want any exemptions.”
Additionally, Isaac insisted that he never classified himself as an “anti-vaxxer.” Instead, he says he’s against mandated vaccination by the government. Isaac said he never doubted the science related to vaccines.
During his rounds on the anti-vax circuit, Isaac says he met a lot of really lovely people. However, he realized that the people were wholly misinformed about the safety of vaccines. He noted that mounting evidence that supports vaccine safety and effectiveness is impossible to ignore.
“I’m a skeptical person. after all, I’m a psychonaut, AND I’m an anarchist. I don’t trust the government whatsoever. But evidence is convincing, especially a SEA of it. I may not trust the government, but empirical data and thousands of studies are convincing enough.”
As a result, Isaac says he will become a test case for vaccines. After receiving his vaccinations, the former anti-vaxxer says he will report any negative or positive effects from the immunizations. Additionally, he encouraged anti-vaxxers to consider the effectiveness and importance of vaccines for the wider public.
The change of heart by Isaac is a shocking twist to a story that gripped the headlines. During an interview with WOACB last spring, Ethan Lindenberger shared that his choice to vaccinate resulted in bitter fights with his mother and brother Isaac. Months later, Isaac appears to have had a shift in his belief system. Perhaps his younger brother’s experience showed him that vaccines are not as dangerous as his mother taught him to believe.
Isaac’s about-face shows that even staunch adversaries to vaccines can change their minds with evidence and education. Ethan Lindenberger’s influence is undoubtedly a part of Isaac’s decision to vaccinate.
Kudos to Isaac for taking the step to protect himself and others from preventable illness.
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