According to Sue Collins, co-founder of the six-year-old, several thousand-member New Jersey Coalition for Vaccination Choice (NJCVC), “we’re not anti-vaccine, we just feel that vaccines should be a choice made by individuals and their families,” she said. “Vaccinations like the flu shot incorporate drugs such as antibiotics and mercury-containing thimerosal, which have potential side effects and may in fact be setting us up for more weakened immune systems in the end,” she said. Among additional concerns, said Collins, are worries that flu shots might not necessarily protect against this year’s strain, as the killed-virus vaccine made available in the U.S. by late summer is based on flu strains that were circulating most frequently in the Far East 6-8 months earlier. …In addition, while some believe that the measles vaccine and others have been linked to conditions like autism, data from many scientific studies has failed to prove this. And studies show that we may actually experience a build-up of protection against the flu by getting a flu shot every year,” she said.Flu vaccines are for everyone in NJ.: ‘As public health officials, we advise all people over six months of age to get immunized during flu season, and the sooner the better.’Of course, to be fair and balanced, the reporter put an advocate for vaccine choice up against CDC officials, doctors, pharmacists, and members of the public who get the annual flu shot.It should also be noted that New Jersey also enjoys the highest autism rate in the U.S., one in every 45 kids, one in every 28 boys.