New survey cites parents concern over vaccines

Posted on Oct 17, 2008 in Autism, Heavy Metals

MELOBOURNE,FL.–Fear of autism and its unknown cause seem to be behind the growing number of parents questioning the safety of vaccines, according to Florida Institute of Technology researchers who released results Friday from the first national survey of people’s knowledge and understanding of the disorder.

One in four people told the Melbourne-based researchers not getting vaccinated was safer than risking autism.

Only 38 percent of the 1,000 men and women surveyed believed there was no link between vaccines and autism, despite no evidence of such a link from recent scientific studies. A 1998 British study that suggested autism might be caused by thimerosol, a mercury-based preservative in the mumps, measles and rubella vaccine was later retracted, and autism rates climbed even after the preservative was removed in 2001.

One in four people told Florida Tech surveyors the Internet was the most effective place to get medical information. Despite the retracted study, the thimerosol link still is easy to find on the Internet, along with myriad other sources about vaccination dangers and possible autism causes.