Thimerosal, a mercury based chemical, is the most commonly utilized preservative in medical vaccines and biologic products utilized in the US today. In vaccines, Thimerosal is often used to kill viral substances used in actual vaccines in addition to preventing the growth of bacteria in the vaccine product after production and packaging. Several vaccines that are recommended for children and sometimes required under state health codes contain Thimerosal as a preservative.
However, over the past several years a number of reports have pointed to a possible connection between mercury containing Thimerosal and Autistic children.
On July 7, 1999, the American Academy of Pediatrics and the US Public Health Service issued a joint statement alerting clinicians and the public of concern about Thimerosal as utilized in vaccines as a preservative. The form of mercury found in Thimerosal, ethyl mercury, has allegedly been connected to neurological, behavioral, motor, cognitive, as well as immune and sensory disorders, especially in children.
The FDA has suggested that some infants, based on the timing and dosing of certain vaccines, may receive more than the recommended safe dose of ethyl mercury at one time or another. The symptoms of mercury poising in children are disturbingly similar to those of autism.
This could be an explanation for the apparent increase in autistic children since the early 1990s. In fact, the large number of children diagnosed with autism seems to be directly related with the recommendation of both the hepatitis B and HIB vaccine to infants in the early 1990s onward. Autism is an extremely disabling mental/neurological disorder that is most commonly characterized by impairments in communications skills, social and cognitive functions.
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Since Edward Jenner's Cowpox in the 1800's that was used as protection against smallpox, we have all been given vaccines to prevent some kind of disease. Whether it was the Polio vaccines given to some of our parents and grandparents or Measles, Mumps, and Rubella vaccines given in the past three decades, we have been vaccinated for one reason or another. Nowadays, a child cannot attend public school without a complete vaccination record.
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