Very Simple Question About This Whole Vaccine Autism Thing

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ImpatientMommy - May 21

Is the concern ONLY about vaccines with thimerosal and mercury in them? If a vaccine is thimerosal and mercury free is it okay to give them to the baby/child whenever they're scheduled to get it without any concern?

 

clindholm - May 21

Evidently thimerasol has been removed (by law) from all vaccines except the flu. You can tell if it is a multi dose vial, then it has to have thimerasol as a preservative. Do all the research you can on this issue, mercury/thimerasol is not the only issue with vaccines. Alot has to do with too many foreign proteins attacking their immune systems at once, there are links to SIDS as well. All I can say is read, read, read. It is very complex and difficult to come to a decision. Alot of people opt for an adjusted vaccine schedule. Good luck, I know it's hard.

 

mlm056 - May 22

hi. True is no one knows what triggers autism. Autism tends to show itself around 12-18 months -- in the timeframe that shots are given... that being said, children aquire autism w/o getting the MMR. Interesting fact that was given by my ped. is that even after thimerasol was removed from the shots as the preservative -- the rates of autism increased. So... leads me to believe that there may not be a correlation btn thimerasol and autism.. another thought is that the shots are given to children who have a 'weak immune' system and can't handle the diseases given in the shot and this has an effect of 'bringing on' the autistic characteristics etc. Another thought is that autism is genetic -- so many thoughts and so little answers! do you research -- go with you Mommy instinct!

 

MNMOM - May 22

Food for thought: It is nearly impossible to prove if the actual RATE of autism has increased in the last few years or just the DIAGNOSIS of autims. The reason my ped says this is because the range of what is considered autistic is greater now than it was in the past, so more kids are diagnosed as autistic - these are the same types of cases that wouldn't have necessarily been labled autistic years ago.

 

ImpatientMommy - May 22

Is that because years ago they only considered extreme cases as autistic and now there are highly functional very light levels of autism? Because I've noticed that as well...

 

MNMOM - May 22

Yes I think so

 

drea - May 22

I believe it is true that thimerasol has been removed from all vaccines. I believe you can even get the flu shot without it now also. Whatever you deciide it is totally up to you. My daughter has had all of her vaccines on schedule and she is fine (now almost 20 months). I chose to break up the MMR shot for my daughter. I know it is an importnant shot, but I just didnt want her to have all three at once so i made a request to my ped in advance for them to order it and they did. My ped is dead set on there being no correlation between the vaccines and autism, but ultimately its my decision and in hindsight and am very happy I did it that way. I also dont believe ths hot causes Autism persay, but it may bring it out somehow, but not without some form of it already present (noticable or not). Thats JMO. Also, my doctors office does not give more than 2 shots in one visit, ever. Anyway, sorry to babble, good luck on whatever you decide. Vaccinating is very important, so do your research if you have any doubts.

 

ImpatientMommy - May 22

Drea- I'm so glad you said this. I wanted to break it up too and I know they'd have to special order it, if you don't mind me asking, how much extra did this cost?

 

ImpatientMommy - May 22

Also how far apart did you space them out?

 

drea - May 22

It didnt cost anything extra, my insurance covered it just like a regular vaccine. It was spaced out just like all the other shots, she got one every month or two. I tried to make it so that it was at a well visit so I didnt have to back a million times so it took a little longer than 3 months. She actually just had the Rubella part at her last visit, and now she's done. When it came due for her to have the MMR shot (around 12 or 13 mos) I told my ped that I want to break it up so he ordered it then and scheduled her to some in the next month or so to get the first part (which was the measles). Good luck hoe this helps. Also, you can delay the shots also if you want. I know people who delayed instead of broke it up, either way its up to you. I'm sure your lo will be fine either way.

 

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