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Why doesn't the government regulate Mercury in Vaccines?

Most know Dr.s say don't eat certain seafood while you are pregnant because of the mercury present. The flu vaccine is made with mercury even though it doesn't have to be. Why does our government say everyone over 6 months including pregnant women should have the flu vaccine? Why not just make sure there is no mercury in these vaccines? It seems such a regulation heavy administration would not push something you would think they should be banning.

 
itsmesteph11

Asked by itsmesteph11 at 9:33 AM on Dec. 4, 2010 in Politics & Current Events

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  • If you ask for the Thimerosal free vaccines, also ask to see the nurse draw up that injection and read the vial for yourself- In the industry, it is well known that Thimerosal vaccines are few and far between- we even have trouble securing them for the infants in our Nicu. Some MDs even require that you order them up beforehand. I have also heard that many think that they are getting the Thimerosal free doses when they actually are not-

    Sisteract

    Answer by Sisteract at 8:11 PM on Dec. 4, 2010

  • They do make a mercury free flu vaccine. Just ask for that
    layh41407

    Answer by layh41407 at 9:36 AM on Dec. 4, 2010

  • Why should I have to ask for it? Why do any of the flu vaccines that the government insists that we take have mercury in them?
    May-20

    Answer by May-20 at 9:38 AM on Dec. 4, 2010

  • http://www.vaccinesafety.edu/thi-table.htm


    Really there aren't that many vaccines with thimersol in it and those with it have very low levels it seems. Plus there are even flu vaccines that are thimersol free.

    purpleducky

    Answer by purpleducky at 9:38 AM on Dec. 4, 2010

  • It is because with some chemical combinations a preservative is needed. Ergo they use a preservative, which is what thimersol is. It all depends on the chemical equation, amount dispensed, if it is single or multiple doses, etc.
    purpleducky

    Answer by purpleducky at 9:50 AM on Dec. 4, 2010

  • I don't know. Why don't the manufacturers just leave it out? Why is it in there in the first place?
    May-20

    Answer by May-20 at 9:37 AM on Dec. 4, 2010

  • Oh, or you could ask for the flu mist, that doesn't contain it at all.
    layh41407

    Answer by layh41407 at 9:37 AM on Dec. 4, 2010

  • I agree with you May, why would you need Mercury in these vaccines if they make the same vaccine without it? Many people swear by organic food because of all the pesticides etc that are in used in growing them but they will put Mercury in their bodies yearly because they don't have the information about whats in it or even if they do, "it's not a significant amount?
    itsmesteph11

    Comment by itsmesteph11 (original poster) at 9:45 AM on Dec. 4, 2010

  • They do.
    "Since 2001, with the exception of some influenza (flu) vaccines, thimerosal is not used as a preservative in routinely recommended childhood vaccines."
    "Thimerosal is a mercury-containing preservative used in some vaccines and other products since the 1930's. There is no convincing evidence of harm caused by the low doses of thimerosal in vaccines, except for minor reactions like redness and swelling at the injection site. However, in July 1999, the Public Health Service agencies, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and vaccine manufacturers agreed that thimerosal should be reduced or eliminated in vaccines as a precautionary measure."

    That's from the CDC website. So there ya go.
    stacymomof2

    Answer by stacymomof2 at 10:02 AM on Dec. 4, 2010

  • cont.

    By then a regular blood test would not indicate mercury poisoning. They took all of his hair from his first haircut to test but it wasn't enough. The only other way to know for certain is by testing samples from his organs..which can't be done.

    My child has almost reached the magic "recovered" point. His "team" and I believe their is strong circumstantial evidence that proves it was mercury poisoning. His ASD doc also believes this is what is going on with kids that are considered recovered.

    yourspecialkid

    Answer by yourspecialkid at 10:20 AM on Dec. 4, 2010

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