New Intensity to Debate Over Autism Cause
Parents and Researchers Grapple With Claims That Autism Is Linked to Thimerosal in Vaccines
Meanwhile, Bernard advises parents to be informed.
"I think for pregnant women or those with babies, I would have them ask
their doctor for flu vaccine that does not have thimerosal in it," she
says. "And I would ask them to support efforts by the government to look
into what these various environmental toxins, including mercury and mercury
from medical products, are doing to our children. And they should try to avoid
McCormick advises parents to look at the bottom line.
"To parents, I say the risk of the wild-type diseases that are being
prevented by vaccines is very, very real," she says. "You are trading
the risk of these real diseases against a risk we cannot substantiate for these
vaccines, which we don't have to do any more, because vaccines are now
thimerosal free. If the choice must be between a thimerosal vaccine and no
vaccine, take the thimerosal vaccine. But the flu vaccine is available in
single dose vials without mercury. You do have a choice now."