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Each fall, news reports serve up the grim reminder that flu season is on the way. And in the wake of the recent swine flu scare that spread from Mexico into the United States and abroad, the level of hype and fear surrounding flu season is underscored further. Doctors and health professionals nationwide have been quick to point out, however, that swine flu vaccines shouldn’t be hastily slapped together and made available to the public without some serious scrutiny.
Experts are urging patience on the part of the Centers for Disease Control, which aim to release 120 million doses of H1N1 virus vaccine for popular consumption by autumn. The reason for this buzz kill? It’s “highly probable” that many of the doses of the new vaccine will include trace amounts of thimerosal. That mercury-based preservative has been linked to the development of autism and other disorders. As a result it has become notorious in autism support circles.
Government health officials have assured the press that rigorous clinical trials are set to take place before the fall release date, so there is certainly no reason to panic. Still, it remains essential for every conscientious parent to read as much as possible about the benefits and detriments of vaccination. It could mean the difference between a healthy childhood and serious communicative disorder.
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