"Critics of the agency have argued for some time that the advocacy nature of its immunization program hinders the agency's ability to monitor and investigate any adverse reactions to vaccines.
Much of the pressure has come from lawmakers and parents of autistic children, who are concerned about a possible link between rising rates of autism and a mercury preservative, thimerosal, once widely used in childhood vaccines. They have argued that the agency's dual role in promoting vaccines and overseeing their safety represents a serious conflict of interest."
February 25, 2005
Good News for Vaccine Safety
The CDC has split their vaccine division so that there can be better oversight of the safety of shots our children receive: