There’s a large amount of people that believe vaccines are something we can’t live without here in America. On the other hand there’s also a large group of people speaking out about the dangers of vaccines. According to Naturalnews.com, “from 1923 – 1953, before the Salk (vaccine) for polio, death from polio – in the United States and England – was down 47 and 55 percent, respectively. In addition, scarlet fever, rheumatic fever, typhus, typhoid, cholera, plus many other illnesses – for which there were no vaccines at the time – saw a reduction in occurrence and death rates, all due to better living conditions.”
On November 14th 1986, President Ronald Reagan created the Federal Vaccine Court. This court compensates people who have been injured due to vaccines but the compensation money comes from the government not vaccine manufacturers. Two decades after this court was created it paid over 2 billion dollars in settlements to 2,260 families.
Thimerosal is a compound found in vaccines. Thimerosal is 49.6% mercury and is metabolized or degraded into ethylmercury and thiosalicylate. According to Webmd.com, “in 1998, 30 different vaccines with thimerosal in them were given to children. U.S. public health officials realized that the recommended schedule of vaccines could give some children mercury that exceeded the limit considered safe by government standards. In 1999, the U.S. Public Health Service and the AAP asked vaccine makers to reduce or remove thimerosal in vaccines. By 2001, all routine childhood vaccines were available thimerosal-free.” According to CDC.gov, “Since 2001, no new vaccine licensed by FDA for use in children has contained thimerosal as a preservative, and all vaccines routinely recommended by CDC for children younger than 6 years of age have been thimerosal-free, or contain only trace amounts of thimerosal, except for some formulations of influenza vaccine.”
Even though vaccine manufacturers took thimerosal out of vaccines; they insist the levels of this compound were not high enough to cause any injury. Some disagree with the manufacturers claims and think that thimerosal was indeed causing harm to people.
Many people believe that their sons or daughters regressive autism is linked to vaccines. This leads many experts to not rule out possibilities of finding links between the two. The facts are still inconclusive despite what both sides of the argument are saying and they both bring up strong points.