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Vaccine Controversy Heats Up - CDC Stalls on Nationwide Test

Posted by Jane Akre
Thursday, January 31, 2008 10:58 AM EST
Category: Major Medical
Tags: FDA and Prescription Drugs, Toxic Substances

The national debate over autism and vaccines is reinvigorated with the ABC show airing tonight. CDC stalls on national survey.

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  • University of Rochester study 
  • Rep. Carolyn Maloney proposal 

In the latest round that pits the medical establishment against many parents of autistic children, a new study suggests infants get rid of thimerosal faster than researchers thought.

This study from the University of Rochester suggests there is “little chance for a progressive building up of the toxic metal”.

"This debunks the great myth, believed by both parents and some pediatricians, that the gauntlet of thimerosal-containing shots many infants received in the 1990s – when the average number of vaccines kids received increased sharply – had put them at risk for developmental disorders," a statement from the University of Rochester Medical Center said.

The research appears in the February edition of Pediatrics and was released to coincide with the Eli Stone controversy. Thursday night, ABC is airing the premiere show of a new drama in which Stone, an attorney, wins a judgment against a vaccine maker over thimerosal.

Thimerosal is the mercury based preservative that is one possible link to autism.  The American Academy of Pediatrics suggested drug makers removed thimierosal as a preservative from childhood vaccines in 1999, but many supplies stayed on shelves until their expiration dates and thimerosal, a neurotoxin, is still given to pregnant women in some flu shots.

David Kirby, author of Evidence Of Harm, writing on the huffingtonpost.com, released the contents of a letter the American Academy of Pediatrics wrote to ABC to try and have the Eli Stone premiere killed. 

Commenting again, David Kirby challenges the country to fund a large study of vaccinated children and compare the group to unvaccinated children to see if there is any difference in the rates of autism. If the “rates of autism among the unvaccinated is the same as vaccinated children, then clearly vaccines are not linked to the disorder,” he writes.

The CDC has shelved the study even after funding was proposed by Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) in a bill.

Theories about the dramatic rise in autism suggest the recommended vaccination schedule might be too aggressive and is overloading young systems with multiple dosing early in life. 

An unregistered user writes that delaying the DPT injection in a newborn by four months may half the risk of developing asthma, an inflammatory disorder.

“Until we know more about how vaccines work in newborns and infants, the AAP should turn off the PR machine, listen to parents, offer an alternative of a less aggressive vaccination schedule, and advocate for more research in this area. Anything less violates their oath of "first, do no harm". Vaccines are critical public health tools but like antibiotics, mis and overuse may cause more harm than good.” #

 


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