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Why We Need To Fight Misinformation About Vaccines: Ethan Lindenberger (Transcript)

Ethan Lindenberger at TED Talks


To start, I want to share with you guys something about my hometown of Norwalk, Ohio.

Now, as this video stated, I am from Norwalk, which is an extremely small town, about 15,000 people. And really, in Norwalk, if you want to do something fun, you go to Walmart or drive half an hour to something more interesting.

And for Norwalk, I’ve lived there for my entire life, I’m a senior at the local public high school, and you know, it’s something to where I really enjoy my small town.

And I’m just a normal kid, you know, I lead debate clubs, I volunteer at my church.

And back in November of 2018, I made a small Reddit post asking for advice on an issue that I was encountering that I needed some clarification on. And this issue, as was stated in the introduction, was something towards vaccinations and how I was not immunized against various diseases, including polio and measles, as well as influenza, HPV, hepatitis — the standard vaccine someone my age would receive.

Now, this question I asked was simple and pretty strange, because I wanted to get vaccinated. That’s kind of weird, but it happened. And then this turned into a public story, because I wanted to get vaccinated.

So that was kind of strange, and then it blew up more, and I was doing interviews and talking to more people, and again, I’m a normal kid, I’m not a scientist, I don’t lead a non-profit, I am a pretty casual person, I’m wearing a hoodie.

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