Tuesday, March 5, 2019
WASHINGTON, DC (WRDW/WAGT) -- Georgia Senior Sen. Johnny Isakson quizzed an 18-year-old who got vaccinated against his mother's wishes about where his mother got her information.
During a hearing with the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions, Ethan Lindenberger testified that he got vaccinated despite his mother's misgivings.
During testimony, Lindenberger said his mother would repeatedly turn to anti-vaccine groups on social media instead of turning to credible sources of information.
Isakson asked the high school senior when he started doing his own research on vaccinations.
Sen. Isakson: Does your mother get most of her info online?— NBC News (@NBCNews) March 5, 2019
Ethan Linderberger, 18-year-old who got vaccinated against his mom's wishes: "Yes... Mainly Facebook"
Isakson: Where do you get your info?
Linderberger: "Not Facebook. CDC, the World Health Org... accredited sources." pic.twitter.com/1jDdSjErlH
"So, with my mother specifically, she would localize her views on vaccines throughout my entire life, and it was a slow progression to start to see evidence as I would see people -- I suppose -- who would try to counterclaim with her and argue online," Lindenberger said. "I would see that she would have this backlash when she would share information. So on Facebook she would share a video and people would be like, 'that's incorrect' or 'that's false,' and so as a child that intrigued me that people disagreed with my mom and I started looking into it over the course of multiple years."
Isakson asked Linderberger to clarify further, asking specifically if the senior's mother received much of her information online.
"From what she's presented, yes," Lindenberger said. "Either through Facebook or through sites that use the social media platform."
"Where do you get most of your information," Isakson said.
"From not Facebook," Lindenberger quipped. "I mean, from the CDC, the World Health Organization, scientific journals, and also cite information from those organizations like the Institute of Medicine. I try my best to get information from those accredited sources."
Without much of a pause, Isakson responded with some trademark Southern humor.
"I'd love to be a guest at Thanksgiving dinner at your house," Isakson said.