Lori - posted on 08/12/2011 ( 1 mom has responded )
I have noticed some members have been mentioning, in regard to conversations about autism, that the mercury in vaccines makes immunizing your child dangerous. This caused me to do a little research at www.fda.gov and what I found is that almost all vaccines today recommended for kids 6 and under have NO mercury (thimerosal) in them. A few have trace amounts, but you can easily avoid those by inquiring with your pediatrician about requesting mercury free. I respect everyone's opinion and simply encourage each person to do their own research. As a public service I just wanted to pass on the info I had found. So, I just wanted to encourage everyone to challenge assumptions out there, respectfully to everyone's opinion, I simply am on the side of truth and research. I am a huge safety freak and I like to know where the true dangers lie for my kids. I think vaccines do tons of good and keep many, many people from dying, especially children. I don't know if they are 100% safe, but neither is driving a car, flying in a plane, playing football, giving birth, or eating many foods. Life has some element of risk in many areas. Please do your own research and challenge the assumptions of others, including me, by researching sources that have scienctific backing. Here is an educational tidbit from the www.fda.gov website about mercury and vaccines: "Thimerosal is a mercury-containing organic compound (an organomercurial). Since the 1930s, it has been widely used as a preservative in a number of biological and drug products, including many vaccines, to help prevent potentially life threatening contamination with harmful microbes. Over the past several years, because of an increasing awareness of the theoretical potential for neurotoxicity of even low levels of organomercurials and because of the increased number of thimerosal containing vaccines that had been added to the infant immunization schedule, concerns about the use of thimerosal in vaccines and other products have been raised. Indeed, because of these concerns, the Food and Drug Administration has worked with, and continues to work with, vaccine manufacturers to reduce or eliminate thimerosal from vaccines.
Thimerosal has been removed from or reduced to trace amounts in all vaccines routinely recommended for children 6 years of age and younger, with the exception of inactivated influenza vaccine."