One Fourth of Americans Believe That Childhood Vaccines Cause Autism

by VR Sreeraman on  October 5, 2008 at 11:18 AM General Health News   - G J E 4
 One Fourth of Americans Believe That Childhood Vaccines Cause Autism
A new survey has shown that one in four Americans believe that autism is caused by childhood vaccines, even though scientists have denied any link.

The survey conducted by Florida Institute of Technology showed that nearly one in four people believe that because vaccines may cause autism it was safer not to have children vaccinated at all, while another 19 percent were not sure.

The scientists said that there is no evidence linking vaccines and autism, but the lingering fear is leading to fewer parents having their children vaccinated and a growing number of measles infections.

The fear arouse after a controversial 1998 British study showed a link between autism and the MMR vaccine, which at the time contained the mercury-based preservative thimerosal.

The study was later retracted by most of its authors and thimerosal was removed from all childhood vaccines in 2001, but responses to the just-completed survey show the public is still confused.

"Fear of the unknown, coupled with anxiety over the growing incidence of the disease, may be leading people to draw their own conclusions," said Celeste Harvey, Florida Tech Assistant Professor of Psychology.

The survey includes responses from 1000 men and women, 21 years old or older, randomly selected from throughout the nation.

Source: ANI

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The MMR vaccine has NEVER contained Thimerosal.
guest Monday, October 6, 2008
{Autism is a developmental disorder Autistic children do not reach on time the developmental milestones of a normal healthy baby, like crawling, walking, saying the first word etc.}I disagree Mine met or exceeded all developmental milestones such as crawling, walking, saying first words, puzzles, shape sorters, building blocks etc, UNTIL he received his second MMR vaccine, developed al prolonged fever, became lethargic, and started into his slow decline into autism. He lost his words, he lost his toilet training, he lost his ability to put together puzzles and use a shape sorter, use a fork and then began head banging, and temper tantruming. Autism of the regressive sort IS A VACCINE INJURY!
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