It's worthwhile reminding yourself and your friends that there isn't just a tenuous link between the mercury containing preservative Thimerosal in many vaccines, including flu vaccines, and autism.
Back in May 20, 2003, after a three year investigation into paediatric vaccine safety, initiated in the US House Committee on Government Reform, the "Mercury in Medicine Report," was placed on the Congressional record.
"Thimerosal used as a preservative in vaccines is likely related to the autism epidemic," the report concluded.
"This epidemic in all probability may have been prevented or curtailed had the FDA not been asleep at the switch regarding the lack of safety data regarding injected thimerosal and the sharp rise of infant exposure to this known neurotoxin," the Committee advised.
"The FDA and the CDC (Centre for Disease Control) failed in their duty to be vigilant as new vaccines containing thimerosal were approved and added to the immunization schedule," the report pointed out.
"At the same time that the incidence of autism was growing," the Committee said, "the number of childhood vaccines containing thimerosal was growing, increasing the amount of ethylmercury to which infants were exposed threefold."
Vaccine makers and conflicted public health officials are always claiming that studies show vaccines did not cause the autism epidemic. In a February 24, 2009 Huffington Post article, Robert F Kennedy, Jr, pointed out "that for sixty years the tobacco industry successfully defended a product that was killing one out of every five of its customers against thousands of legal actions brought by its victims and their families."
"Big tobacco prevailed for six decades," he said, "even without the help of supportive government agencies deliberately suppressing real science and research."
"In that sense vaccine victims must leap a much higher hurdle," he added.
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