Mercury vaccines may be cause of autism
The number of cases of autism nationally has increased
dramatically in the last decade, according to WWLTV, a news station
in Louisiana. Doctors and scientists speculate that vaccinations
containing mercury may be a leading cause of this rise in autism.
The theory that vaccines, or the mercury in some vaccines, could
cause autism has naturally increased the anxiety in parents. Those
with autistic children are looking for causes, treatments and cures.
Other parents want assurance that their healthy child will stay that
way once vaccinated, Steve Berman, M.D., president of the American
Academy of Pediatrics, said.
Most doctors suspect that Thimerosal, a vaccination given to
babies and young children, is one of leading vaccinations that
contributed to increased incidents of autism.
Although Congress recalled Thimerosal in 2000, vaccines with
mercury are still being used. These vaccinations expose children to
unsafe levels of mercury, Congressman Dan Burton, chairman of the
House Committee on Government Reform, said.
Although no specific links have conclusively been made between
vaccines containing mercury and autism, parents and doctors are
still concerned that there might be a connection.
Our children are the future of this country. As a government we
have a responsibility to do everything within our power to protect
them from harm, including ensuring that vaccines are safe and
effective. Every day that mercury-containing vaccines remain on the
market is another day the Health and Human Services is putting 8,000
children at risk, Burton said.
Autism is a disease that affects a persons ability to
communicate, form relationships with others and respond to his or
Once a child is diagnosed with autism, he or she has this
disability for life, and most doctors say there is almost no hope
I think it is important to work to find out what the causes for
autism are, so that autistic children will be able to experience a
fuller, normal life, Kellie Scherbel, a sophomore from Afton, Wyom.,
who has worked with autistic children, said.