Concerning the link between thimerosal and autism, the CDC website states the following:
Research does not show any link between thimerosal in vaccines and autism, a neurodevelopmental disorder. Although thimerosal was taken out of childhood vaccines in 2001, autism rates have gone up, which is the opposite of what would be expected if thimerosal caused autism.
Besides the unfounded possibility of an autism/thimerosal correlation, the preservative can cause redness and swelling on the injection site and, in very rare cases, an allergic reaction in individuals who have thimerosal allergies.
Negative Side Effects
Many individuals who get the flu shot experience flu-like symptoms, including soreness, fever, or headaches; these symptoms occur because the body is reacting to the dead virus that has been injected into the body. These side effects should go away after a few days. Others may have adverse reactions to the virus including swelling at the injection site and allergic reactions for those with an egg allergy (the virus is manufactured using chicken eggs).
It is a common myth that individuals who have been injected with the flu vaccine can develop the flu. According to experts, this is impossible because the flu vaccine contains a dead virus that can’t infect you; however, the nasal vaccine, FluMist, does contain the live virus, but in this case the virus has been engineered to eliminate the component of the virus that causes sickness. Any sickness that occurs after obtaining the flu vaccination can be attributed to a common cold, the inability of vaccine to protect against influenza, or another illness.
Despite the rarity of an adverse reaction to the flu shot, some medical
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