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Most Flu Shots Contain Mercury, But Few Know It

  • Experts say vaccine's benefits outweigh potential risk
    Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, November 12, 2007
    Straight to the Source

A record 130 million Americans are expected to get a flu shot this season in hopes of ducking the nasty virus, but as the needle pierces the skin more than 80% will also get what some say is a hefty and dangerous dose of mercury.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that almost everyone - including pregnant women - get the injection, despite written warnings from the vaccine manufacturers.

Citing an estimated 36,000 deaths a year from the flu and flu-related illness, the mainstream medical community, including the American Academy of Pediatrics and American Lung Association, says the benefits far exceed any risk from the shot.

In a typical year between 5% and 10% of the population will get the flu virus, resulting in roughly 200,000 hospitalizations, according to the CDC. The flu can be especially dangerous for very young children and people 65 and older. Elderly people account for about 90% of all flu-related deaths.

Simply stated: The flu shot saves lives, the CDC says.

Yet a growing number of doctors, scientists and citizen organizations, such as Safe Minds, the Coalition for Mercury-Free Drugs and Moms Against Mercury, say mercury in flu shots has not been proven to be safe and can be linked to neurological disorders and other serious problems. They push for mercury-free shots that are available in limited quantities but that few know about.

"Mercury causes tremendous damage to the brain," said Paul King, scientific adviser for the Coalition for Mercury-Free Drugs.

Mercury is among the most toxic heavy metals and is known to poison the central nervous system, liver, gastrointestinal tract and other systems in the body.

About 80% of all flu shots distributed in the United States contain a mercury-based preservative called thimerosal. Thimerosal consists of 49.6% ethyl mercury, an anti-bacterial, anti-fungal that allows manufacturers to sell the vaccine in large, multi-dose containers without fear of contamination.

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post Nov 15 2007, 04:28 PM

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: For 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."

All the above is a direct quote from Organic Bytes #122.

I'm guessing that the spokesperson, Jeanne Santoli of Immunization Services Divison, is another Bush appointed stooge for the Republican Party and Drug Companies to "promote" this vaccine as "safe". OMG.

post Nov 15 2007, 04:44 PM

Flu shots: were I a conspiracy theorist, which I am not, I would be concerned that a flu shot would be a great vehicle for a mass population reduction strategy in a resource scarcity situation. But I'm not a conspiracy theorist... so pay no attention... step up to the line and roll up your sleeves.

House centipedes feed on spiders, bedbugs, termites, cockroaches, silverfish, ants and other household pests. They kill their prey by injecting venom through their fangs.

post Nov 17 2007, 03:58 PM

If one truly feels the need to get a flu shot, it's now possible to ask for the version without the mercury (thimerosal) in it.

But if you wear contacts, isn't it a rather moot point? Isn't thimerosal the usual preservative in contact solutions? OK, I went looking, being a curious sort. I found, re: lens solutions:

A preservative called thimerosal was found to cause problems in about 10% of patients (...)

What? 90% already had a detectable level of autism? (Sorry, snide mode <off>.) We don't even need the flu shot, InsideOut. We're already poisoned beyond belief by the overseers of our health. AND we line up for it. See the end third of the Zeitgeist movie, where parents are volunteering to microchip their own children .... Easy data retrieval for the terribly-allergic or otherwise health-challenged child, and should your child ever go missing, ha! GPS location immediately! Never mind the danger posed by the chemical nature of the chip, itself. Or the population-control options, should all our records (like access to our income, or to plain old food) be stored on our chips. <sigh> --diana

post Dec 2 2007, 04:18 AM

diana, thimerosal has been banned in contact lens solutions and in all over-the-counter products since 1998. But the still want us to inject it into our children's veins....

post Dec 2 2007, 04:27 AM

Sorry, double post...

post Dec 2 2007, 02:06 PM

QUOTE (Fiddle-Faddle @ Dec 2 2007, 04:18 AM) *
diana, thimerosal has been banned in contact lens solutions and in all over-the-counter products since 1998. But the still want us to inject it into our children's veins....

Thank you for the info. It's weird how they still talk about it as if it's present. But I'm glad it's out. Messed up my eyes a little (I became allergic to my own tears, and have thickened eyelids, to boot) and ... wow. Wow, I never made the connection, but at that time I also got launched into my first foray into MCS. Not as serious as the carpet one in 1991, but the first weirdness was with extended wear contacts around 1984. Hmmm...? --diana