Map of life expectancy at birth from Global Education Project.

Tuesday, August 16, 2005

And oh yeah . . .

Putting mercury in childhood vaccines was a fairly dumb idea in the first place. It sounds, based on common sense, like it might not be entirely safe, and it's obviously going to make people worry and maybe distrust vaccination. I'm glad they've taken it out, since it isn't necessary.

It's still used in parts of the world where it is difficult to keep vaccines cold. That's a bit of a judgment call. Reasonable people may disagree. But it is not a conspiracy to inflict an epidemic of autism on the poor children of the world. Nor to harm them in any other way. Nor is there the least evidence that it has done so.

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