Wednesday, October 7, 2009

H1N1 and Seasonal Flu Vaccines contain thimerosal

As concern rises over this year's flu season, we'd like to point out that both the seasonal flu shot and the H1N1 vaccine may contain thimerosal, which is made with the neurotoxin Mercury. The CDC explains:

Will the 2009 H1N1 influenza vaccine contain thimerosal?
The 2009 H1N1 influenza vaccines that FDA is licensing (approving) will be manufactured in several formulations. Some will come in multi-dose vials and will contain thimerosal as a preservative. Multi-dose vials of seasonal influenza vaccine also contain thimerosal to prevent potential contamination after the vial is opened.

Some vaccine manufacturers will be producing 2009 H1N1 influenza vaccine in single-dose units, which will not require the use of thimerosal as a preservative. In addition, the live-attenuated version of the vaccine, which is administered intranasally (through the nose), is produced in single-units and will not contain thimerosal.

We believe that thimerosal is responsible in whole or in part for causing autism and other diseases linked with the immune system. Whether or not you agree, we would encourage you to ask your doctor whether their flu or H1N1 vaccine contains thimerosal before getting the shot.


Anonymous said...

I'm disappointed in this posting. It's been proven several times that vaccines do not cause autism. Honestly, I believe that I will no longer be able to shop at your store--where I've spent hundreds of dollars outfitting my cloth-diaper wearing baby.

Dan and Millie said...

We think it's perfectly fair to hold the opinion that mercury in vaccines does not cause autism. Even so, we think it still makes sense to ask your doctor whether the H1N1 or flu vaccine contains mercury before giving it to young children, especially when other options may be available.

Anonymous said...

As a pediatrician who regularly shops at your store, i would also like a to disagree with the assertion that thimerisol or vaccines are linked to autism. There are numerous reputable studies showing this. In addition, rates of autism have continued to rise despite removal of thimerisol from all routine childhood vaccines. As for thimerisol in flu shots, only the multi-dose flu vaccine vials contain thimerisol as a preservative and most peds clinics have single-dose, preservative free vaccine, especially for children <3 years. The theoretical risk of thimerisol has not been proven, whereas the real risk of influenza is demonstrated yearly through the death of children.

Dan and Millie said...

We're glad to hear that most clinics have single-dose thimerosal-free vaccines on hand. If so, that is a piece of information that has not been widely reported. All we're saying is make sure this is the vaccine your children get. Again, whether or not you buy into the thimerosal/autism theory, surely you'll agree that a dose of mercury is best avoided.