No Scientifically-Proven Link Between The Flu Vaccine And Autism

The Flu Vaccine And Autism

Mothers-to-be have one less worry. Now, contracting the flu or getting a flu shot during pregnancy has been proven to be unrelated to a baby’s chances of being born with autism. In several previous researches, fever, influenza and other related infections, including getting a flu vaccination, has been linked with the unborn child developing aspects of autism spectrum disorder. A recent study in the journal JAMA Pediatrics stated that the association between them is unconnected.


The study was based on a survey conducted during 2000 to 2010 in the northern parts of California. Pregnant women who had the flu or took the vaccine during pregnancy were wrongly represented as giving birth to autistic children, given that nearly 1.6% of the entire study group developed the disorder, However, after further research, the new study shows that there is no relation between autism and the flu, at least during the last two trimesters. While the initial study pointed out that the risk of ASD increased with the advent of the flu, the current study chalks it down to pure chance and that the numbers are not significant enough statistically to cause any alarm. The study has been left open-ended so that further research can be conducted on the topic.

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Obama Opens The National Museum Of African American History


More than a century after its original proposal, President Obama facilitated the ceremony to open the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C. During the dedication ceremony, President Obama remarked that the museum revealed the stories often overlooked in history textbooks. He claimed that while it was important to know the history of the American presidents and famous industrialists, it was also equally as important to know the struggles of the slaves and the common African man during those times. Obama said it provided the back story and keener understanding for many of the conflicts of the current era.


Obama continued his speech by pointing out the fact that the love for a country and violently protesting against its leaders have always walked hand in hand with people winning gold at the Olympics yet joining violent rally, with teens wearing anti-authority slogans on their t-shirts yet weeping for dead police and the list of contradictions goes on. However, despite these differences, Americans have always banded together when the need arose and that is what seems to count the most. The museum serves as a reminder that heroes, no matter how famous or quietly influential, have helped shape the nation to what it is today.

The museum opening comes with a three-day gala, which includes oratorical performances, concerts, dance, musical performances and history activities though passes for the entire opening weekend are completely sold out. The idea was first proposed by black veterans who fought in the Civil war in 1912 and the museum has been organised to reflect their struggle, moving from subjects that are dark and moody such as slavery and the movement for civil rights to a brighter, more joyful atmosphere containing modern as well as classical music, literature and other culturally devoted exhibits. The museum has collected more than 35,000 artifacts including a slave cabin and the fedora Michael Jackson wore.

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The Reign of South Africa’s National Congress May End Soon


A couple of days after several millions cast their votes in South Africa’s most scrutinized election since the first vote for democracy in 1994, the chief of ANC (African National Congress) explained that the party had had its worst rating in 22 years. Jackson Mthembu spoke to reporters, wondering where the ruling party, that was once the party of Nelson Mandela, had gone so terribly wrong. He said that he didn’t believe any other political party in South Africa ha better solutions to the country’s problems than ANC. However, he went on to say that if they did have better solutions, he didn’t understand why people were not voting for them, which he saw as a failure on their part.


Though the ANC had won with approximately 54 percent of the entire vote, the party didn’t count it as a victory. Though the election was a local one, it highlighted its decline from favor on a national level, something that hasn’t happened since the demolition of apartheid. The low numbers in major cities were also taken as a sign that the party’s rule was coming to a close. While the ANC still maintains control over a majority of the nation’s municipalities, two big opposition parties, the Democratic Alliance and the Economic Freedom Fighters, have made substantial progress, especially in cities. Though the next election is quickly approaching in 2019, there is a possibility that these newcomers can steal away some of ANC’s votes by good performance in their new areas.

To answer Mthembu’s question of what went wrong, the answer from millions of people is the same –plenty. Tired of unemployment, weak administration and the plethora of scandals that seen to follow Jacob Zuma, the people have given up on the idea that the party holds the same moral fiber as Mandela and simply wants to see a change for the better.

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