January 9, 2008


Study Finds Vaccine Preservative Is Not Linked to Risks of Autism (AP, 1/08/08)

Autism cases in California continued to climb even after a mercury-based vaccine preservative that some people blame for the neurological disorder was removed from routine childhood shots, a study has found.

Researchers from the State Public Health Department found that the autism rate in children rose continuously in the study period from 1995 to 2007. The preservative, thimerosal, has not been used in childhood vaccines since 2001, except for some flu shots.

Doctors said that the latest study added to the evidence against a link between thimerosal exposure and the risk of autism and that it should reassure parents that vaccinations do not cause autism. If there was a risk, the doctors said, autism rates should have dropped from 2004 to 2007.

Sadly, you'd be hard put to find a group of people less likely to accept scientific evidence than those who believe in this myth.

Posted by Orrin Judd at January 9, 2008 12:00 AM
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