Washington Health Department Suspends Mercury Restrictions for Swine Flu Vaccine

Selecky, flu, swine flu, flu vaccine, swine flu vaccine, mercury, thimerosal, ethylmercury, methylmercuryIn preparation for swine-flu vaccinations next month, the state of Washington's Health Department has temporarily suspended a rule that limits the amount of a mercury preservative in vaccines given to pregnant women and children under the age of 3.

Thimerosal has been eliminated from most vaccines in the United States, and the compound may  be linked to autism. But it will be added to the bulk of swine-flu vaccines.

Thimerosal will be added to the vaccine because it is being produced in vials that contain enough medication for 10 shots. The mercury compound kills bacteria, lowering the risk that the drug will be contaminated by needles used to withdraw separate doses.

A smaller amount of mercury-free vaccine will be produced in single-dose vials. Nasal sprays do not contain mercury but are not recommended for children under the age of 2 and pregnant women, because they contain live, weakened virus.

Five biopharmaceutical companies have been awarded massive contracts by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for development and production of more than 195 million doses of swine flu vaccine.

The companies -- Novartis, GlaxoSmithKline, MedImmune, Australian drug maker CSL, and Sanofi-Pasteur -- will likely make a great deal of money.

Drug companies have sold $1.5 billion worth of swine flu shots, in addition to the $1 billion for seasonal flu they booked earlier this year.

These inoculations are part of a much wider and rapidly growing $20 billion global vaccine market.

"The vaccine market is booming," says Bruce Carlson, spokesperson at market research firm Kalorama, which publishes an annual survey of the vaccine industry. "It's an enormous growth area for pharmaceuticals at a time when other areas are not doing so well," he says, noting that the pipeline for more traditional blockbuster drugs such as Lipitor and Nexium has thinned.

As always with pandemic flus, taxpayers are footing the $1.5 billion check for the 250 million swine flu vaccines that the government has ordered so far and will be distributing free to doctors, pharmacies and schools. In addition, Congress has set aside more than $10 billion this year to research flu viruses, monitor H1N1's progress and educate the public about prevention.

Drugmakers pocket most of the revenues from flu sales, with Sanofi-Pasteur, Glaxo Smith Kline and Novartis cornering most of the market.

But some say it's not just drugmakers who stand to benefit. Doctors collect copayments for special office visits to inject shots, and there have been assertions that these doctors actually profit handsomely from these vaccinations.

Dr. Mercola's Comments:

As reported by the Seattle Times, Washington's Department of Health (DOH) has decided to suspend the rule that limits the amount of thimerosal in vaccines that can be administered to pregnant women and infants under the age of three.

Thimerosal contains 49.6 percent mercury by weight, and is added to vaccines as a preservative. It also helps kill germs, so it prevents multi-dose vials from spreading infection.

As of July 1, 2007, pregnant women and children under the age of three were prohibited from receiving vaccines with a mercury content exceeding:

  • 1.0 mcg per 0.5 ml dose for influenza vaccines (which equals 2 mcg/ml)

  • 0.5 mcg per 0.5 ml dose for all other vaccines (which equals 1 mcg/ml)

The rule includes a suspension of limits clause, authorizing the Secretary of the Washington State DOH to temporarily suspend these limits if the Secretary or local health officer declares an outbreak of vaccine-preventable disease, or a shortage of a vaccine that meet the statutory requirements above.

It’s worth noting that, fortunately, the Washington DOH routinely purchases mercury-free flu vaccines for infants under the age of three. However, pediatric patients aged 3-18 get flu vaccines that contain mercury…

According to Secretary of Health, Mary Selecky, the rule will be suspended for six months, and applies only to vaccines against the swine flu.

But then it gets interesting. The Seattle Times quotes Selecky as saying that “the preservative, thimerosal, has never been linked to any health problems.” The article goes on to state that a “vocal minority” believes the compound could be linked to autism.

When a state Secretary of Health doesn’t even acknowledge the truth (or is ignorant of the facts as they relate to health), you know something’s seriously wrong.

Below I will show you just how many ways there are to prove they’re not speaking the truth...

Why were Mercury Limitations Suspended?

According to Health Secretary Selecky, “pregnant women and young children are considered at high risk for swine flu, and lifting the mercury limits will give them quicker access to the vaccine.”

Folks, this is insanity on top of madness.

Infants and pregnant women may be at higher risk of suffering complications from the flu, but they’re also the absolute most vulnerable to damage from mercury exposure!

Why would you want to risk neurological dysfunction to potentially avoid a bout of the flu?

And I say “potentially,” because it’s also been proven again and again that flu vaccines do NOT reduce the occurrence of the flu! In short – they do not work.

As it stands, only about 15 percent of the vaccine supply will be made available as mercury-free single-dose vials, but those shipments are slated to arrive later. The first flu vaccine shipments are in the form of a nasal spray (FluMist) containing live virus’, which are not recommended for pregnant women or infants under the age of two.

Massive Profiteering Underway

As reported by The Scientist, five biopharmaceutical companies have been awarded massive contracts by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for development and production of more than 195 million doses of swine flu vaccine.

The Seattle Times puts the total estimated number of vaccine doses to be manufactured at 250 million.

Either way, according to Business Week, wealthier countries like the U.S. and the U.K. will pay just under $10 per dose, while developing countries would pay less.

Do the math.

Is it any wonder you’re being bombarded with apocalyptic messages about the significant threat posed by swine flu?

  • CSL has contracts to supply $180 million worth of bulk antigen to the U.S.

  • MedImmune will supply 40 million doses of its live attenuated nasal spray swine flu vaccine for more than $450 million

  • Sanofi-Pasteur is providing more than 100 million doses of monovalent swine flu vaccine, a $690 million order

  • Glaxosmithkline is estimating sales of its swine flu vaccine and its anti-viral medication, Relenza, will reach about $5 billion by January 2010.

The swine flu vaccines stand poised to be incredible blockbusters if this hyped up vaccine drive is successful.

Already, drug companies have sold $1.5 billion worth of swine flu shots, in addition to the $1 billion for seasonal flu they booked earlier this year.

ABC News quotes Bruce Carlson, spokesperson at market research firm Kalorama, as saying, "The vaccine market is booming. It's an enormous growth area for pharmaceuticals at a time when other areas are not doing so well."

And who's footing the $1.5 billion bill for the 250 million swine flu vaccines that the government has ordered so far and will be distributing free to doctors, pharmacies and schools?

You are! In addition to that, Congress has set aside more than $10 billion this year to research flu viruses, monitor H1N1's progress and educate the public about prevention.

High Time to Put an End to Bold-Faced LIES!

Part of the propaganda that allows this vaccine drive to move ahead at full speed is to make statement like: “Thimerosal has never been linked to any health problems.”

Unfortunately, for everyone out there who believes that state health officials are reliable sources of information, this is a flat out lie.

So let’s put an end to this worn-out arbitrary catch-phrase used by people who either don’t know better, or don’t want YOU to know better.

Writing for GenerationRescue.org, Teresa Binstock, a researcher in Developmental & Behavioral Neuroanatomy, also addresses this fallacy.

Once again, a highly placed public figure has presented a misleading or inaccurate statement wherein thimerosal is erroneously described as harmless,” she writes, and proceeds to list some of the most recent studies showing the exact opposite of what the Health Secretary puts out as “truth.”

Studies CONFIRMING Thimerosal as a Health Hazard

You deserve to know the facts, so here’s a compilation of recent studies and research clearly showing that thimerosal DOES HAVE a very real, detrimental impact on health, and that mercury toxicity is a reality in those suffering from the type of neurological damage seen in autistic children.

Most of these are from GenerationRescue.org and Fourteenstudies.org’s websites, which are great resources as they provide copies of the full studies so you can review all the evidence for yourself:

  1. Environmental Health Perspectives, August, 2005

    Fourteenstudies.org states: “This study demonstrates clearly and unequivocally that ethyl mercury, the kind of mercury found in vaccines, not only ends up in your brain, but leaves double the amount of inorganic mercury as methyl mercury, the kind of mercury found in fish.

    This work is groundbreaking because little is known about ethyl mercury, and many health authorities have asserted that the mercury found in vaccines is the "safe kind."

    This study also delivers a strong rebuke of the Institute of Medicine's recommendation in 2004 to no longer pursue the mercury-autism connection. Excerpt:

    "A recently published IOM review (IOM 2004) appears to have abandoned the earlier recommendation [of studying mercury and autism] as well as back away from the American Academy of Pediatrics goal [of removing mercury from vaccines].

    This approach is difficult to understand, given our current limited knowledge of the toxicokinetics and developmental neurotoxicity of thimerosal, a compound that has been (and will continue to be) injected in millions of newborns and infants."

  2. Cell Biology and Toxicology April 9, 2009 [Epub Ahead of Print]

    Exerpt: “In conclusion, MT-1 and MT-3 mRNAs but not MT-2 mRNA are easily expressed in the cerebellum rather than in the cerebrum by the injection of low-dose thimerosal. It is thought that the cerebellum is a sensitive organ against thimerosal.

    As a result of the present findings, in combination with the brain pathology observed in patients diagnosed with autism, the present study helps to support the possible biological plausibility for how low-dose exposure to mercury from thimerosal-containing vaccines may be associated with autism.

  3. Annals of Epidemiology September 2009: 19(9);659

    Male infants who received thimerosal-containing hepatitis-B vaccinations had a three-fold risk of developing autism.

  4. Neurotoxicology October 1, 2009

    The above findings are confirmed in this study wherein infant primates injected with just ONE dose of thimerosal-containing hepatitis B vaccine manifested significant developmental delays.

  5. Brain Research September 9, 2009 [Epub Ahead of Print]

    Study concluded that injecting thimerosal into suckling infant rats, and adult rats, impairs sensitivity to pain, apparently due to activation the endogenous opioid system.

  6. Toxicology & Environmental Chemistry September-October 2008: 90(5);997-1008

    Male infants who received thimerosal-containing hepatitis-B vaccinations were nine times as likely to be receiving special education services

  7. Generation Rescue Survey of 9,000 boys, aged 4-17, in California and Oregon, found that vaccinated boys had a 155 percent greater chance of having a neurological disorder than unvaccinated boys. Vaccinated boys were 224 percent more likely to have Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), and 61 percent more likely to have autism.

    For boys in the 11-17 age bracket, the results were even more pronounced. Vaccinated boys were 158 percent more likely to have a neurological disorder, 317 percent more likely to have ADHD, and 112 percent more likely to have autism.

  8. Report to the Legislature on the Principle Findings from The Epidemiology of Autism in California: A Comprehensive Pilot Study by the MIND Institute, October 2002, concluded that the rise in autism cannot be explained by better diagnosis and expanded diagnostic criteria, but rather is a real event, likely propelled by “environmental exposures to substances such as mercury; viral exposures; autoimmune disorders; and childhood vaccinations."

  9. Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology 2006: 214; 99-108

    This French study used a new, sophisticated measurement for environmental toxicity by assessing porphyrin levels in autistic children. It provides clear and unequivocal evidence that children with autism spectrum disorders are significantly more toxic than their neurotypical peers.

  10. Journal of American Physicians and Surgeon, 2003

    Exerpt: "The data from this study, along with emerging epidemiological data showing a link between increasing mercury doses from childhood vaccines and childhood neurodevelopmental disorders, increases the likelihood that mercury is one of the main factors leading to the large increase in the rate of autism and other neurodevelopmental disorders. It is hoped that removing thimerosal from all childhood vaccines will contribute to a decline in the numbers of new cases of autistic spectrum disorders."

  11. Journal of Toxicology and Environmental Health 2007: 70; 837-851

    This study reviewed the case histories and medical profiles of nine autistic children and concluded that eight of the nine children were mercury toxic and this toxicity manifested itself in a manner consistent with Autism Spectrum Disorders.

  12. Neuropediatrics, August 2006

    Exerpt: "There was significant difference in blood mercury levels between cases and controls, which persists after adjustment for age, gender and parental occupational status. The geometric mean blood mercury level was also significantly higher in children with inattentive and combined subtypes of ADHD. CONCLUSION: High blood mercury level was associated with ADHD. Whether the relationship is causal requires further studies."

  13. International Journal of Toxicology 2003: 22; 277-285

    Fourteenstudies.org states: “This recent study demonstrates that the levels of mercury in the birth hair of autistic children were significantly lower than their control peers. While this may at first appear contradictory, it highlights one of the critical insights to understanding mercury poisoning and autistic children: many autistic children are non-excretors of mercury. This means their capacity to excrete mercury is significantly lower than their neurotypical peers and contributes to their condition.”

  14. Journal of Pediatrics, May 2000: 136; 679-681

    This study measured mercury levels in infants before and after the administration of a Hepatitis B vaccine containing thimerosal and found that a "comparison of pre and post-vaccination mercury levels showed a significant increase in both preterm and term infants after vaccination."

  15. Neurotoxicology January 2005: 26; 1-8

    Study demonstrates that thimerosal lowers or inhibits your body's ability to produce glutathione, an antioxidant and your body's primary cellular-level defense against mercury.

    Excerpt: "Thimerosal-induced cytotoxicity was associated with depletion of intracellular Glutathione in both cell lines...The potential effect of Glutathione or N-acetylcysteine against mercury toxicity warrants further research as possible adjunct therapy to individuals still receiving Thimerosal-containing vaccines."

  16. Environmental Health Perspectives, July 2006

    Study demonstrates that very low-levels of Thimerosal can contribute to immune system disregulation.

  17. Molecular Psychiatry July 2004; 1-13

    Study demonstrates how thimerosal inhibits methylation, a central driver of cellular communication and development.

    Exerpt: "The potent inhibition of this pathway [methylation] by ethanol, lead, mercury, aluminum, and thimerosal suggests it may be an important target of neurodevelopmental toxins."

  18. Molecular Psychiatry September 2004; 1-13

    Fouteenstudies.org states: “This work by Columbia University Doctors explores whether genes are important in determining if mercury exposures akin to those in childhood immunizations can disrupt brain development and function.

    It is the first known scientific study done specifically on ethlymercury administered in a way similar to the vaccine schedule. Dr. Hornig discussed the study before Congress in September 2004.”

    Excerpt: "The premise of our research is that if mercury in vaccines creates risk for neurodevelopmental disorders such as autism, genetic differences are likely to contribute to that risk. Earlier studies, however, did not use the form of mercury present in vaccines, known as thimerosal, and did not consider whether intramuscular, repetitive administration during early postnatal development, when the brain and immune systems are still maturing, might intensify toxicity.

    Our predictions were confirmed. Using thimerosal dosages and timing that approximated the childhood immunization schedule, our model of postnatal thimerosal neurotoxicity demonstrated that the genes in mice that predict mercury-related immunotoxicity also predicted nuerodevelopmental damage. Features reminiscent of those observed in autism occurred in the mice of the genetically sensitive strain."

  19. Toxicological Sciences 2003: 74

    Study demonstrates the potent toxicity of thimerosal on brain cells.

  20. Autoimmunity Reviews June 2005: 4(5):270-275

    Study demonstrates the clear link between ethylmercury [from thimerosal] and autoimmune responses.

  21. Congressional Record - Extensions of Remarks by Congressman Dan Burton (R-IN), Committee on Government Reform, May 21, 2003

    Fouteenstudies.org states: “This extensive report was prepared by the staff of the Subcommittee on Human Rights and Wellness and was the result of a three-year investigation. The Committee on Government Reform, chaired by Congressman Dan Burton, initiated the investigation and compiled the testimony of hundreds of researchers and physicians, as well as representatives from the FDA and CDC, who presented to the committee.”

    Excerpt: "Mercury is hazardous to humans. Its use in medicinal products is undesirable, unnecessary and should be minimized or eliminated entirely. Manufacturers of vaccines and thimerosal, (an ethlymercury compound used in vaccines), have never conducted adequate testing on the safety of thimerosal. The FDA has never required manufacturers to conduct adequate safety testing on thimerosal and ethlymercury compounds...

    Thimerosal used as a preservative in vaccines is likely related to the autism epidemic. This epidemic in all probability may have been prevented or curtailed had the FDA not been asleep at the switch regarding injected thimerosal and the sharp rise of infant exposure to this known neurotoxin. Our public health agencies' failure to act is indicative of institutional malfeasance for self-protection and misplaced protectionism of the pharmaceutical industry."


    Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons 2006; 11(1); 8-13

    Upon analysis of the Vaccine Adverse Events Reporting System (VAERS), researchers reported significantly increased odds ratios for autism, speech disorders, mental retardation and thinking abnormalities following vaccination with thimerosal-containing vaccines (DTP and Hib), compared to children who received a vaccine containing half the amount of thimerosal (DTPH).

    The American Academy of Pediatrics decided that this study was flawed because it relied on VAERS data, which as a “passive surveillance system” is no intended to be used for proving hypotheses.


I could go on, but by now I’m sure you get the picture.

To say that there is no evidence of link between thimerosal and biological damage is not a simple error or omission. It is an absolute lie, and you deserve better from your health officials.

Educational Resources

If you want even more than what I’ve included here, you can go to www.pubmed.com and search their medical database. Or look through Fourteenstudies.org’s site, which includes even more studies than I chose to include here. They have an impressive collection of evidence against thimerosal available.

I also strongly urge you to review the vast supply of information available on the NVIC site, and join Barbara Loe Fisher in her urging to take action against the potential threat of mandatory swine flu vaccinations.

Now more than ever, it's imperative that you educate yourself about vaccinations, influenza, vaccine risks, and the public health laws in your state, so you know what you're up against. You need to find out what your rights and options are under new public health laws that may require you and your children to get vaccinated or be quarantined.

Fighting Fire with Fire – Starting an Information Pandemic

If you can think of anyone who might benefit from this clarification of facts, please do not hesitate to forward this article. Share it with as many people as you can.

If our health officials refuse to see the truth, we will have to pry their blind eyes open.

Now YOU know a bit more about thimerosal.

What will you do with it?

Who will you tell?

Please continue to spread the message! Even the NY Times acknowledges that the readers of Mercola.com are playing a HUGE role, and are part of the reason why many parents are now actually refusing to vaccinate their children.