Autism and Vaccines
Any parent with an autistic child will look for something that may have triggered autism in the family. Â As there has yet to be a gene discovered that causes autism, more focus is being made on the possible causes in the environment. Â One modern concern is that vaccines with thimerosal, a mercury-based compound used in some vaccines as a preservative, could be causing autism. Â Why? Â Because autism is very similar in symptoms to mercury poisoning, and all children get several series of vaccines before they are 2. Â The timing is right, the source is identified, everything seems to be pointing in the right direction: Â Except there is no scientific proof that thimerosal causes autism. Â But that isn't stopping some families, which have gone to court. Â Most studies rejecting thimerosal as a cause of autism were conducted before 2004. Â Since then, according to the plaintiff's lawyer, 35 articles that were peer-reviewed and published suggest a possible link. Â That is what their court argument is running on. Â The problem is they have a huge opponent: Â The US Center for Disease Control has not found any link, and therefore considers the claim baseless. Â Instead they warn parents to the dangers of not having their children vaccinated. Â In fact, there was a recent article on a national outbreak of measles among children. Â The MMR vaccine should be protecting them, so either the vaccine is not working or parents are not letting their children have the vaccine.Â What's my take on it? Â Children need to be vaccinated. Â Vaccines are very important, particularly for those diseases that are very dangerous (small pox, polio, measles, etc.). Â The good news is that thimerosal is being used less and less, and was actually removed from most infant vaccines in 1999. Â Where is it still being used? Â The Flu shot. Â So, don't give your children the shot, have them use the nose spray instead. Â It was recently approved for child usage, and works just as well. Â There are some other shots that you should look out for, and if you have any questions or concerns, ask your doctor. Â There are alternatives to thimerosal vaccines for those parents that are concerned, and your doctor can help you make that decision.