Most flu vaccines contain mercury

About 80 percent of all flu shots distributed in the United States contain a mercury-based preservative called thimerosal.

Flu season is right around the corner. Although the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that almost everyone, including pregnant women, get flu vaccinations, few of the 130 million people receiving this vaccination each year realize that most flu shots contain harmful levels of mercury.

About 80 percent of all flu shots distributed in the United States contain a mercury-based preservative called thimerosal. According to health officials, people getting flu-shots should request a thimerosal-free vaccination. These vaccines cost roughly $4 more to manufacture and distribute.

Interesting quote and facts

Quote: “There’s no conclusive scientific evidence that the amount of mercury one might get from a flu shot is linked with any neurological development outcome that’s negative.” — Jeanne Santoli, deputy director of immunization services division for the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Fact: A typical flu shot contains 50,000 parts per billion of mercury.

Fact: The EPA classifies a liquid with 200 parts per billion of mercury as hazardous waste.

Fact: The legal “safe” limit for mercury in drinking water is 2 parts per billion.

Fact: With each flu shot, a 22-pound baby gets more than 25 times the amount of mercury considered safe. And doctors are recommending that many babies and children get two flu shots this season.

Fact: A material safety data sheet from Eli Lilly and Co., a former producer of flu vaccines, says exposure to thimerosal may include “fetal changes, decreased offspring survival and lung tissue changes. Exposure in utero and in children may cause mild to severe mental retardation and mild to severe motor coordination impairment.”

Resource: www.organicconsumers.org

Reprinted from AzNetNews, Volume 26, Number 6, December 2007/January 2008.

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