Vaccinations: No, Thimerosal Does Not Cause Autism Spectrum Disorder.


Since the 1980s autism rates in the US have gone from 1 in 10,000 to 2014 where it has reached 1 in 68 according to the CDC. During this time, Thimerosal doses received by children have also increased, leading some people to believe there was a connection. Remember, though, the fundamental tenant of science and critical thinking: correlation does not equal causation. The overwhelming scientific consensus shows that vaccines do not cause autism, but that doesn’t stop a few vocal scientists from continuing to give the perspective a semblance of validity. Conspiracy theories and misinformation perpetuate the appearance of a controversy and that alone is sufficient to fuel fear of vaccines.

The father of the anti-vaccine movement, Andrew Wakefield, is known for his now-discredited 1998 research paper in Lancet describing a link between the MMR vaccine and autism. After scientists failed to reproduce his findings, the General Medical Council…

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