CDC: All Kids Need Flu Shots

Posted on Nov 12, 2008 in Autism, Political

The Centers for Disease Control is now recommending all children 6 months to 18-years old get flu shots.

A CDC panel this year looked at the overall child vaccination rates and say they have greatly declined. The group also looked at the flu vaccination rates with infants to toddler years and say it showed that when children 6-months to 24 months were fully vaccinated it reduced their trips to the hospital by 75%.

The number of children receiving vaccinations has greatly declined for a couple of reasons. Doctors say some families have lost confidence in the vaccination, they think it doesn’t work well. Others believe a mercury-containing preservative called thimerosal may trigger some cases of autism. Many doctors, including one at the Arizona Department Health Services, debunk this myth.

“Every single scientific study shows there’s no link, in fact, in Denmark, when they took out the thimerosal, autism just skyrocketed, there’s absolutely no link there,” Dr. Karen Lewis says.

Lewis acknowledges that many parents still believe there is a link. She says many doctors carry the flu vaccine without thimerosal, it’s just a matter of asking your physician for it. Maricopa County health clinics also carry thimerosal-free flu vaccines.