So a poster on another page was told by her “doctor relative” that mercury is no longer contained in vaccines, particularly those intended for children.
Right. Vis-a-vis vaccines, the ignorance of most doctors is a wonder to behold - and relatives ain’t that far behind ‘em. :)
Influenza vaccines are administered at 6 months, and again at 24 months, and then every year thereafter. In some circumstances 2 doses are actually recommended to be given within 4 weeks. Several of the vaccines are available in multi-dose vials, which contain the full dose of thimerosal, 25 mcg, literally equivalent to 125 times the mercury concentration labeled as hazardous waste by the EPA. It is true that, were one of those vials to break, technically speaking a hazmat unit would have to be called in to clean it up. It’s insane to inject it into anyone, let alone infants and toddlers. One of the brands contains a trace of thimerosal in the single dose vaccine - continue reading, I explain a trace a little further on.
Most influenza vaccines are given from multi-dose vials, because parents aren’t aware of the greatly increased mercury threat, they’re not always advised by the pediatrician, and they’re cheaper - the pediatric practice simply makes a larger profit by using them.
The DTaP is administered at 2, 4 and 6 months, again at 15 months, and again at 4 years. One of the available vaccines, Tripedia, contains thimerosal. While the amount is listed as a trace, that doesn’t mean it has no effect. The truth is that there are no known lower safety limits for injected mercury - the figures they use for supposed limits were extrapolated from studies of populations mercury poisoned through contaminated drinking water, or pollution from industrial smokestacks. Injection is very different from ingestion or inhalation; elicits a very different immune response. Even 1 mcg of thimerosal - which is 1,000 ppb - parts per billion - is still 5 times greater than than the EPA’s limits for hazardous waste.
Regarding mercury, and considering that we literally should never inject it, this is the appalling reality:
Several years ago the folks who ran a website called h.a.p.i., sent four vaccine samples to a lab to be tested for mercury content. Two of the vials contained a trace of thimerosal, as per the label, and two contained none. Mercury was detected in all four vaccines. In the two labeled as containing zero thimerosal the amount detected was equivalent to only 3 ppb - but the EPA lists water containing 2 ppb or more as unfit for drinking. Critical: it’s not the quantity that matters, but the concentration. You simply do not want to inject something you can’t ingest, because the great bulk of the immune system, including defense against toxins, resides in the gut.
So even if you read labels, there’s absolutely no guarantee that a vaccine is mercury-free. And finally, regarding mercury, this, from the current H.A.P.I. website:
“If thimerosal is used during the manufacturing process at all, this should be disclosed in the product insert even if it is not being used as a preservative. HAPI takes this position because thimerosal breaks down into ethylmercury which then binds to the antigenic protein in the vaccine therefore making it impossible to “filter out” 100% of the mercury.”
In light of all the above, the doctor relative’s claim that the vaccines they have now, especially for children, no longer contain mercury, is particularly ignorant. Again, no mercury should ever be injected. It is generally regarded as the second most toxic substance on the planet.
Aluminum must be considered as well, because it greatly increases the neurotoxicity of mercury, and is contained in about half the vaccines on the schedule, as adjuvant, which are commonly given along with the mercury-containing vaccines - which, as established above, could be any vaccine, even if thimerosal isn’t listed as an ingredient. Aluminum’s found in:
Every DTaP vaccine - 4 shots in the first 18 months, again at 15 months, and again at 4 years;
PedvaxHIB - Hib vaccines given at 2, 4, 6 and 12 months;
Both Hep B vaccines - 3 shots in the first 18 months, starting on the day of birth;
Prevnar 13 - 4 shots, at 2, 4, 6 and 15 months.
The first link below is to the CDC’s recommended vaccine schedule.
Second link: the CDC’s current list of vaccine ingredients.
Third link: the current H.A.P.I. website.
Fourth link: a study titled Mercury toxicity: Genetic susceptibility and synergistic effects, which includes a description of the effect of aluminum on the toxicity of mercury.