Originally Posted by Rrrrrachel
Thimerosal isn't really relevant to the debate on childhood vaccination anymore, anyway.
I'm afraid this statement is incorrect.
Thimerosal is completely relevant to the debate on childhood vaccinations.
The 2012 autism rate as announced this year by the CDC is 1 in 88. This rate is significantly higher than the previous rate, and the rate before that, and the rate before that, in spite of no changes to diagnostic criteria for autism in the preceeding decade. More importantly, profound autism has increased at the same rate, and there's no doubt about diagnosis with severely autistic children.
How is this relevant to thimerosal in vaccines?
The 2012 autism rate is based on data from 2008--on EIGHT-YEAR-OLDS. Yes, they were born in 2000, and most of the vaccines they received that year and the next, starting with the hep B shot at birth, were preserved with thimerosal. Not a "trace amount" of thimerosal, but the full amount.
Moreover, currently, millions of people, including infants as young as 6 months and women in all stages of pregnancy, are still given THIMEROSAL-PRESERVED flu vaccines, with the first time dose being two shots. The cumulative amount of thimerosal--just from flu shots-- in a child's system by age 6 is very significant, if, as, discussed in other threads here, the child has any underlying issues (like vitamin D deficiency, for example, which is very common) that prevent his body from properly excreting heavy metals.
In addition, when the immune system is exposed to thimerosal and aluminum at the same time, the effects are even worse. And flu shots are given in conjunction with aluminum-adjuvanted vaccines.
And let's not forget that the US vaccine manufacturers are still making thimerosal-preserved pediatric vaccines. For the most part, they are shipping them off to developing countries, where the autism rate is also skyrocketing. But some states now have legislation that allows the use fo thimerosal-preserved pediatric vaccines if there is a "shortage" of thimerosal-free vaccines.
They are also still making thimerosal-preserved adult vaccines, for use in the US. When you get your pertussis booster, if it comes from a multi-use vial, it contains thimerosal. And TDaPs are now being given to pregnant women.
Some doctors even give older children the adult (thimerosal-preserved) version of a vaccine, because it is less expensive than the individual-dose, pre-loaded syringe.
So, with pregnant women being given up to 3 thimerosal-preserved vaccines during pregnancy, and many infants being given 2 thimerosal-preserved flu shots starting at 6 months, and then yearly thimerosal-preserved flu shots after that--that's a significant amount of thimerosal.
Yes, thimerosal is relevant to the debate on childhood vaccination.