Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Flu Shots: Ask for Thimerosal-Free

An Option: Flu Vaccines Without Mercury-Based Thimerosal September 26, 2008 01:52 PM ET | Deborah Kotz, US News

While thimerosal, the mercury-derived preservative used in many children's vaccines, has slowly been pulled off the market (although you still need to ask doctors for thimerosal-free vaccines - many doctors don't want to order them and they are in limited quantity), the influenza shot still contains thimerosal. It might not affect adults as much as babies and small children, but if you may be pregnant, it's something to consider, as Autism has been linked to thimerosal (and as many people who have been following this issue know, a case had finally been won regarding the link between Autism and vaccines, which is why many vaccines don't contain it anymore).

This link lists mercury-free flu shots, and numbers to call to find them: It still takes work to find thimerosal-free flu shots By Amy McConnell Schaarsmith, Wednesday, October 24, 2007 Post-Gazette.com