April 22, 2008

It's Conclusive--Vaccines Don't Cause Autism

Over at the Washington Post, they boil down all the studies because of two ignorant remarks by presidential candidates.

"...the overwhelming weight of scientific opinion is that there is no proven link between autism and the vaccines which include a mercury-containing preservative known as thimerosal."

"At least five major studies have found no link between autism and thimerosal. A study released by the California Department of Public Health in January found that the autism rate in children rose continued to rise even after vaccine manufacturers stopped using thimerosal in childhood vaccines after 2001."

"According to the Centers for Disease Control, "there's no convincing scientific evidence of harm caused by the low doses of thimerosal in vaccines, except for minor reactions like redness and swelling at the injection site." Similar conclusions have been reached by the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Food and Drug Administration.
Summaries of the scientific studies are available from the
National Institutes of Health and the Institute of Medicine."