Autism Connection to Thimerosal...Renewed Concern?
I know I've started many a post on urbanMamas with...."Did anyone see Oprah the other day?" But I'm asking again...did anyone see Jenny McCarthy and Holly Robinson Peete on Oprah this week discussing autism? Oprah read a new statement from the Centers for Disease Control:
"...We simply don't know what causes most cases of autism, but we're doing everything we can to find out. The vast majority of science to date does not support an association between thimerosal in vaccines and autism. But we are currently conducting additional studies to further determine what role, if any, thimerosal in vaccines may play in the development of autism. It is important to remember, vaccines protect and save lives. Vaccines protect infants, children and adults from the unnecessary harm and premature death caused by vaccine-preventable diseases."
It seems that in the past the stance from the CDC has been that there is absolutely no connection, but in this statement they seem to be saying they are pretty sure, but not definitely sure that there isn't a connection and they're doing more research now... I know I'm opening a can of worms here but it's got me thinking and I'd love to know if any other mamas are renewing their concerns over any connection between vaccinations (specifically for MMR) and autism?