Flu Shots Contain Mercury

By John O'Connor
We Stand On Guard
Recent research into the type of flu shots administered on campus has shown they contain a potentially toxic preservative, but health officials say the benefits of the shot outweigh the risks.
The toxic metal mercury is used as a preservative in an ingredient called thimerosal, which is used in the flu shots being given at SAIT, as well as most common vaccinations and shots.
The SAIT clinic uses a pharmaceutical flu shot that says on the vial; list of ingredients: contains 0.01% of thimerosal, which is about 25 to 50 mcg.
This preservative was found to be so toxic to pregnant women and infants, that the California State Senate became the second state in the US to pass a bill prohibiting doctors from giving vaccines containing thimerosal to pregnant women and children under three. The State passed the bill with the understanding that thimerosal may cause neurological conditions and diseases. US flu shots contain approximately 25 mcg of thimerosal.
Affheen Remtulla, the Influenza Health consultant at the Calgary Regional Health Board, says that it is hard to pinpoint whether or not people are having direct adverse reactions to thimerosal in the vaccinations.
She says that studies have shown the safety of the shots and that the benefits far outweigh any potential risks.
Remtulla refused to comment on the decision by the California State Senate to outlaw shots with thimerosal.
The University of Calgary's Faculty of Medicine conducted studies on mercury's effect on humans and found that rapid damage to nerve cells occurred from minute amounts of the metal. The scientists involved in the studies concluded that mercury causes neurological damage consistent with Alzheimer's.
"All these toxic effects have been shown on the brain," said University of Calgary doctor, Naweed Syed. He says the amount of mercury used in the study was close to the same amount used in the flu shot administered at SAIT.
"So far I have not had any adverse reactions to the flu shot," said Valerie Nemeth, a SAIT student who went to the SAIT health clinic last week and received a shot. She was not aware that mercury was in her flu shot.
Some of the side effects listed on the SAIT clinic consent form are: fever, headache, muscle soreness, and swelling at the injection site. There is no mention of the possible neurological effects reported by the U of C studies.
Prior to receiving the flu shot at the SAIT clinic, a questionnaire and consent form must be completed. Two questions on the form ask if the patient is allergic to thimerosal and if the patient has any active neurological diseases.
The clinic will not administer the shot to anyone allergic to thimerosal and says that women in their first trimester of pregnancy should consult with their physician before being immunized.
Canadian Association of Naturopathic doctors member, Helena Ovens, says that absolutely no one, of any age, should be taking the flu shot. She says that is its very toxic and potentially damaging.
For the past couple of weeks the SAIT Health Clinic has administered roughly 150 flu shots to staff and students and they have almost run out. The clinic gets the shots from pharmaceutical companies via the Calgary Regional Health Board.
Calgary Regional Health Board has instituted an incentive for families with children. If a child is under 23 months old, he/she will receive a free flu shot, as well as anyone in the household.
The Institute of Medicine completed its immunization safety review back in 2001 and strongly recommended removing all mercury from vaccines as part of an effort to reduce the exposure children have to mercury. The review found no evidence that the thimerosal in vaccines causes autism, attention deficit disorder, speech delays or other problems in children.
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