However, Durbach's analysis and other analyses (13) show that it is not correct to portray antivaccinationists indiscriminately as antirational, antimodern, and antiscientific.
Both provaccinationists and antivaccinationists relied heavily on time series of smallpox mortality rate data, which showed a general decline over the 19th century overlaid by several smaller epidemic peaks and the large pandemic peak of 1870-1873.
Thimerosal has undergone extensive testing and has a good safety profile, despite what is alleged by many antivaccinationists. Unfortunately, some mercury compounds still crop up illegally in the market place.
Vaccines remain one of our most critical public health interventions, yet an increasingly vocal group of antivaccinationists call vaccines toxic and attribute numerous conditions, such as autism, to vaccination despite evidence to the contrary.