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"There are people who have misconceptions about vaccines, such as the concern that they might cause autism – a charge that has been completely disproven," explains UCLA pediatric infectious-disease specialist James Cherry, MD. Prior to 1995, there were some negative reactions to the whole-cell DTP vaccine, but the present vaccines have had the reaction-causing components of the old DTP vaccine removed, so that reaction – fever and redness, pain at the vaccination site – is generally mild and less common. Moreover, the preservative thimerosal, which is falsely linked to autism, is now not even in the vaccine.
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