Mercury and the Flu Vaccine: Toxic Cocktail

by Megan

The mercury buzz seems to be old news on the vaccine front these days. But in case you’re not familiar, here’s a quick recap.  Mercury (thimerosal) is a preservative, which helps keeps vaccines from being contaminated, but there’s a serious concern that it causes far more harm than good. You can read more about mercury here, from the FDA, and here, by Natural News.

So, the CDC decided to take thimerosal out of all pediatric vaccines as of 1999. Good news. Except they kept it in most flu vaccines. (Scratching my head.) When I was pregnant, suddenly everyone was concerned about my vaccination status. Nurses, relatives, and strangers all wanted to make sure I got the flu vaccine. I didn’t. In my area, there was limited availability of the mercury-free version, and I wasn’t comfortable with the idea of injecting a substance that even the CDC didn’t stand behind.

In recent months, that intuitive unease proved right. Six peer-reviewed studies have found thimerosal is toxic. Super toxic. So why is it still in flu vaccines? If we have the option to produce batches without thimerosal, why are we still injecting people with a neurotoxin?

One of these studies, from the University of Brazil, found that mercury causes brain damage and other developmental diseases in infants and children, is linked to autism, and is most dangerous in utero and for the first six months of life. (1)

So if you’re getting a flu vaccine this year, request a mercury-free dose. Your baby will thank you.

 

1. Dórea, José. Integrating Experimental (In Vitro and In Vivo) Neurotoxicity Studies of Low-dose Thimerosal Relevant to Vaccines. Neurochemical Research (6/11): 36.6. 927-938.

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