Thursday, November 15, 2007

Getting your flu shot this year? Got Mercury?

Hi folks,

It's always something.
JS Online: Most flu shots contain mercury, but few know it

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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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A typical 0.5 milliliter flu shot contains 25 micrograms - or 50,000 parts per billion - of mercury.

The EPA classifies a liquid with 200 parts per billion of mercury as hazardous waste. The limit for drinking water is 2 parts per billion.

Using the standards set for methyl mercury consumption - the kind that's in fish - an average 130-pound person getting the flu shot would exceed the daily limit by more than four times. A 22-pound baby would get 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.


Tiddly pom.

Mp

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

My dad is a Dr. who of course always shows up with the shots like they are some prize. I stopped getting them 5 years ago because it was obvious all winter i felt ill. perhaps it was the dormant virus itself, but i suspect the mercury OR egg allergens were nuking me...I'd rather take my chances head on and "feel the reaper"
(Blue Oyster Cult)...even if it is bird flu. AND what do you know...first the nurses and now the M.D.'s are catching on!

Anonymous said...

And that doesn't even take into account the connection between mercury and autism.

Mpeterson said...

My dad (also a Dr) always reminds me to get my flu shot, although he's a pediatric immunologist so, when we were kids he always seemed to make sure we got sick just to keep our antibodies up to date. :^)

There are a variety of new, non-mercury, safeguarded vaccines available. This year I'll be asking for one of those.

hiho