Monday, October 5, 2009

Mercury: ‘Not OK in Fish’; ‘OK’ in Pregnant Women & Children?

Flu Vaccines:  Pregnancy and Children: What You Need to Know
Mercury: ‘Not OK in Fish’; ‘OK’ in Pregnant Women & Children?
In March of 2001, the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) issued a statement warning pregnant women and young children not to eat fish containing high levels of mercury because it causes neurological problems in children.

Yet, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) now recommends that these same women and young children should get seasonal influenza vaccines. Many seasonal influenza vaccines contain mercury,from the preservative thimerosal, in amounts exceeding the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recommended safe levels.

SafeMinds is deeply concerned that the risks ofmercury-containing seasonal influenza vaccines outweigh the benefits for pregnant women, infants and children. Mercury is known to be highly toxic to brain tissue and can interrupt critical stages of brain development.

A large-scale scientific study in approximately 50,000 pregnant women and their infants over five flu seasons found no difference in the risk for developing influenza illness among those who received the influenza vaccine during pregnancy and those who did not receive the vaccine.
Reviews in the medical journal The Lancet found a lack of health benefit of influenza vaccine for children under two and significantly increased rates of
vaccine related adverse events in children.

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