Disclaimer: In the past I have had people jump on me about why I make certain posts and what my underlying agenda may be in a particular argument. Well, this is to let all of you critics know that I am doing this for pure debate between the importance (or unimportant aspects) of vaccines. I am bringing this up here, well, because I am pre-osteopathic and I want to pick the brains of future D.O. hopefuls. It has been brought to my attention here recently that the war between pro and anti-vaccination movements are still alive and well. I am a proponent of vaccinations myself, but I understand that research has shown there to be a very minimal correlation between neurological defects and vaccinations. Most notably, between thimerosal and infants/young children. I don't know about you, but every time I see an anti-vaccination post linked to some BS website I get fired up inside. I mean sometimes I want to knock their heads against the computer screen. A study proposed an published in 1998 had claimed to have proven a direct correlation between the development of autism and the MMR vaccination. What I don't understand is that even though the doctor who published the article had to retract his published study AND lost all credibility to practice medicine in the UK, people still seem to mention this study in modern day anti-vaccination arguments! Not only that, but another article has been retracted after it claimed that a lead scientist from the CDC claimed to have intentionally left out significant statistical data that would prove that African American children have some 450% increased chance of developing autism as a direct cause of the MMR vaccine (http://www.translationalneurodegeneration.com/content/3/1/22). I am baffled by the arguments posed by the anti-vaccination movements and the lack of scientific knowledge they have, but yet they still push on and somehow gain support through parents and ex-playmates who know absolutely nothing about science. One more thing before I log off for the night. I love it when people blame autism in children to thimerosal. They fail to realize that the CDC has removed that ingredient from all of the infant/children vaccinations as a proactive method to reduce any harm that could possibly be inflicted upon the child due to some sort of negligence in the scientific studies. CDC--- "Although no evidence suggests that there are safety concerns with thimerosal, vaccine manufacturers have stopped using it as a precautionary measure.The only vaccine that still includes thimerosal as a preservative is the multi-dose inactivated influenza vaccine. There are other formulations of flu vaccine that do not include thimerosal." (http://www.cdc.gov/vaccinesafety/Concerns/thimerosal/thimerosal_faqs.html#a) I want to hear the opinions of my fellow peers on this subject matter. Anyone against vaccination feel they have a strong argument against what I have presented in my post?