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#1 of 8 Old 02-28-2013, 05:53 PM - Thread Starter
 
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My child, who used to go to a private school, started at a public school this year, and asked me today why there are about 15 5th graders with very obvious behavioral and intellectual disabilities at the school, and seemingly none in 3rd and 4th grade. (The school only goes up to 5th grade).

 

I was really shocked to hear that. 5th graders were born in 2002. The younger kids in 2003 and 2004.

 

Has anyone else noticed something similar at your child's school?

 

I'm putting this in the vaccinations forum because my first thought was the reduction of thimerosal in vaccines. 2003 I think would have been the first year that the vast majority of babies would have gotten all thimerosal free vaccines (except for flu).

 

The most recent autism statistics from the CDC are from children born in 2000.

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There are actual statistics you can check on these kinds of things you can check if you'd like.
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There are actual statistics you can check on these kinds of things you can check if you'd like.

 

One would think so, but the CDC apparently hasn't been able to access the statistics.

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Huh?

This is a good place to access all kinds of education data, if you decide you're interested.
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Huh?

This is a good place to access all kinds of education data, if you decide you're interested.

 

Did you mean to include a link?

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Ha, yes. Sorry. http://nces.ed.gov/
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Fascinating.  I'd expect diagnoses to go back up again, though, with the increase of thimerosal-containing and aluminum-containing vaccines given to pregnant women.

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2003 I think would have been the first year that the vast majority of babies would have gotten all thimerosal free vaccines (except for flu).

 

 

 Where do you get your date of 2003 from?

 

 Thimerosol was beginning to be removed from many vaccines even before 2000 when the official recommendation came. 

 

Here's some information I've posted before on these boards: 

 

 

Here is a table which states when thimerosol was removed from the vaccines on the childhood schedule in the US which contained it (notice how many never had any in the first place).

http://www.fda.gov/BiologicsBloodVaccines/SafetyAvailability/VaccineSafety/UCM096228#act

 

Here's the recommended vaccination schedule in the USA from 2000 http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm4902a4.htm 

 

Here's my matching of the two. Please correct me where I'm wrong, because to be honest from this list I'm confused why thimerosol was ever an issue. 

 

Series in first 18 months (note this extends to 2001-2002 for these children some of whom were born at the end of 2000)

3 doses of Hep B  - one version thimerosol free in 1999, the other licenses thimerosol free in March 2000.

4 doses Dtap - 2 types never had thimerosol, the third was licensed thimerosol free in March 2001

4 doses HiB - of kinds available in 2000 one never contained thimerosol, the other was licensed in thimerosol free version in 1999

3 doses IPV - never contained thimerosol

 

at ~12 months (so in 2001 or early 2002) 

MMR - never contained thimerosol

Varicella - never contained thimerosol

 

Sure some doctors offices would have old vaccines in stock and would use them up until the expiry date (since there is no proof thimerosol at the levels in vaccines is of any danger to anyone), but any new vaccines purchased from 2001 onwards would have been completely thimerosol free. Children born in 2002 would have had on average very little exposure to thimerosol (if not zero). 

 

Probably just small number statistics you're seeing in your child's school. 

 


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