Addressing the controversy regarding the association between thimerosal-containing vaccines and autism

Lisset García-Fernández, Adrian V. Hernández, Víctor Suárez Moreno, Fabián Fiestas

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Abstract

Vaccination is one of the most important public health interventions in the reduction childhood morbidity and mortality. Thimerosal is an organic mercury compound used as preservante in multi-dose vials. Often in Peru, there are waves of controversy about the safety of this type of vaccines, mainly arguing that there is an association between them and autism. As a result of these controversies, there have been some voices asking for laws banning thimerosal-containing vaccines, which would have a large impact in costs and the logistic aspects of the public vaccination programs. The aim of this article is to review the literature for the main controversies about thimerosal in vaccines and its supposed association to autism. We made an historical review about these controversies given the available scientific evidence and the statements from important international organizations. We concluded that the current available evidence do not support an association between thimerosal and childhood neurodevelopmental disorders, such as autism.

Translated title of the contributionAddressing the controversy regarding the association between thimerosal-containing vaccines and autism
Original languageSpanish
Pages (from-to)268-274
Number of pages7
JournalRevista Peruana de Medicina Experimental y Salud Publica
Volume30
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2013
Externally publishedYes

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