H1N1 shortages amid fears
The CDC now says shortages of the H1N1 vaccine could mean several weeks of delay before the medicine reaches some college campuses Nearly one-quarter of the deaths so far are among young adults under age 25 and children. The seasonal flu, by contrast, tends to hit hardest among people over age 65, those with chronic diseases and babies. Despite the ferocity of the swine flu, many students on the autism spectrum — and their parents and some autism advocacy groups — remain wary of the vaccine. For decades, there’s been an open debate about whether vaccines, specifically the MMR (mumps, measles and rubella) vaccine, causes or contributes to autism. Most scientific studies indicate there’s no link between vaccines and autism. But doubts remain. At the heart of issue are concerns about thimerosal. In the United States, an estimated 60% of the 225 million doses of the injectable swine flu vaccine will contain that mercury-based preservative. You can ask for a preservative-free shot. And the FluMist nasal spray for young children has no thimerosal. “We essentially call the CDC out for labeling us as ‘anti-vaccine’ every time we ask a question about vaccine safety,” says Ann Brasher, vice president of the National Autism Association.