The latest Associated Press article says there's proof there is no link between autism and a preservative that used to be found in most childhood immunizations (thimerasol.) The A.P. says autism cases in California continue to climb. This, even after a vaccine preservative containing mercury --blamed by some for the neurological disorder-- was removed from routine childhood shots.
State health department researchers found the autism rate in children rose continuously from 1995 to 2007. The preservative hasn't been used in childhood vaccines since 2001, though it is used in some flu shots.
Doctors say the study adds to existing evidence against a link between exposure to the preservative (thimerosal) and the risk of autism. And they say the study should reassure parents that autism
isn't caused by vaccinations.
People who believe there is a link between vaccinations and autism point to those flu shots. They say there has been a big push for pregnant women to get flu shots in the last few years and babies as young as six months are now recommended to get it.
Personally, I don't want to be biased and say what I have decided to do with my family concerning the flu shot, but I will tell you about my experiences. My obstetrician recommended I get the flu shot when I was pregnant. My pediatrician's office recommended my baby get the shot at nine months old. However, my pediatrician pays extra to get the flu shot that does not contain thimerasol. When I asked her why, she said "to give the parents piece of mind."
I will email some people on both sides of this issue and encourage them to post their thoughts so you, as a parent, feel more informed. I know I can never hear enough opinions on this.
Yes, there is a link to autism
No, there is no link to autism