“the 2001 U.S. Department of Education statistics showed in children born in 1983 there were a total of 7,801 cases of speech or language impairment. Among children born in 1994, this number had risen to 211,984 cases (an approximately 30-fold increase). In children born in 1983, there were a total of 2,100 cases of autism. Among children born in 1994, this number had risen to 8,325 cases (an approximately 4-fold increase)”
Thimerosal in Childhood Vaccines, Neurodevelopment Disorders, and Heart Disease in the U.S.
by Mark R Geier, MD., PhD and David Geier Journal Of American Physicians and Surgeons AAPS Spring 2003 Volume 8 Number 1 http://www.jpands.org/vol8no1/geier.pdf
In the United States, a tragic and massive autism epidemic is currently underway…. along with other neurodevelopmental disorders such as speech disorders, attention deficit syndrome, developmental delays, etc. Our best estimates are that thimerosal has contributed to about 75% of these cases of neurodevelopmental disorders while the MMR contributed to about 15%…. Yet, in 2003, three manufactures of childhood vaccines still are being made with full doses of thimerosal. These are as follows: Diphtheria-Tetanus-acellular-Pertussis (DTaP) manufactured by Aventis-Pasteur in multi-dose vials contains 25 micrograms of mercury, Haemophilus-influenza-Type b (HibTITTER) in multi-dose vials manufactured by Wyeth contains 25 micrograms of mercury, and pediatric hepatitis B vaccine manufactured by Merck contains 12.5 micrograms of mercury. These vaccines represent approximately half of the childhood vaccines currently available for use in the United States…. Additionally, influenza vaccines contain 25 micrograms of mercury preservative.