The US Public Health Service (PHS) and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) have asked vaccine manufacturers to phase out a mercury-containing preservative that has been used in some vaccines since the 1940s. The preservative, thimerosal, has not been shown to harm children, but some infants under age 6 months may be exposed to mercury levels in excess of federal guidelines with the current recommended immunization schedule. The report's authors note that European regulatory community reached similar conclusions earlier this year.
Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR), July 9, 1999
Dr. Mercola's Comment:
Well, we finally have one concession from the government that vaccines are harmful. This was AFTER the European regulatory commission reached the conclusion months earlier. Mercury free vaccines are NOT currently available. The least you could do is to wait on vaccinating your child until they are available. You could then review the evidence on the Internet regarding the dangers of immunizations and their relative lack of benefit.
There are thousands of pages of information out there. If you need some help in starting your search, you can go to my web site at www.mercola.com and go to the links section. Then you will be able to understand why the following comment released from this news story by our current surgeon general is really designed to create fear and not promote your child?s health: ?Terrible childhood diseases like whooping cough, bacterial meningitis, polio and diphtheria are waiting for us to let our guard down,? according to a statement issued by Dr. David Satcher, the US. Surgeon General. ?The risk of devastating childhood diseases from failure to vaccinate far outweighs the minimal, if any, risk of exposure to cumulative levels of mercury in vaccines.