These pro-vaccine arguments come from the CDC – http://www.cdc.gov/h1n1flu/vaccination/vaccine_factsheet.htm
Thimerosal Use Prevents Vaccine Contamination
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However, that is one of the reasons that antibiotics are added to vaccines, to prevent contamination in the lab and vaccine site infections. With antibiotics, thimerosal is not needed in vaccines to achieve this purpose. The primary function of thimerosal in vaccines is as a preservative.
Many Studies Have Found Thimerosal In Vaccines To Be Safe
Data from 19 studies show no convincing evidence of harm caused by the low doses of thimerosal in vaccines, except for minor local injection site reactions like redness and swelling at the injection site.
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The CDC and other officials have known for DECADES that thimerosal causes harm. They actually had a review of it in 2000, called ‘Scientific Review of Vaccine Safety Data Link Information'(June 7-8 2000), and the report was leaked, where they showed concern about thimerosal in vaccines. Here are a few extracts of what became known as the ‘Simpsonwood Report’:
‘There was a recognition that the culmulative exposure that children recieve from vaccination may exceed at least one of the guidelines that is recommended, that of the EPA…it was desirable to remove mercury from vaccines as it is a potentially preventable source of exposure and that if it was able to be removed, it should be removed as soon as possible’ (page 12, Simpsonwood report).
Why the need to remove it as soon as possible if it isn’t harmful?
‘There is very little pharmacokinetic data concerning ethylmercury, there is very limited data on its blood levels. There is no data on its excretion, it is recognised to both cross placenta and blood-brain barrier.’
So they know it can affect unborn babies and that it can enter the brain and cause brain damage.
‘The data on its toxicity is sparse. It is recognised as a cause of hypersensitivity. Acutely it can cause neurologic and renal toxicity, including death, from overdose.’ (page 15).
So its not all that safe, then.
‘What does it mean exactly if a child has a low exposure or a high exposure? Basically because all vaccines have thimerosal. Is it a difference in being on time with your vaccination schedule? At 3 months of age some kids have received more vaccines than others so what we are looking at is how well the children are after their prescibed regimen of vaccinations’
I.e. they have no idea, it’s an experiment.
‘Finally, and this is the toughest one of all, how do we know it’s a thimerosal effect? Since all vaccines are thimerosal containing, how do we know it’s not something else in the vaccines like aluminium or the antigens?
In conclusion, the screening analysis suggests a possible association between certain neurologic, developmental disorders. Namely tics, ADD, speech and language disorders and exposure to mercury from thimerosal containing vaccines before the age of six months.’ (page 50).
So they’re ADMITTING there’s an association between mercury in vaccines and ADD and other disorders!
Dr. Johnson, one of those present, says on page 204 of the report:
‘Forgive this personal comment, but I got called out at eight o’clock for an emergency call and my daughter-in-law delivered a son by c-section. Our first male in the line of the next generation and I do not want that grandson to get a Thimerosal containing vaccine until we know better what is going on. It will probably take a long time. In the meantime, and I know there are probably implications for this internationally, but in the meanwhile I think I want that grandson to only be given Thimerosal-free vaccines”.
So there you have it, Dr. Johnson, the State Public Health Officer for Michigan and member of ACIP, refusing to let his grandson get a thimerosal containing vaccine when it is okay for everyone else!
For the full leaked report with even more alarming disclosures, see:
Vaccine manufacturer Merck also say in their literature that even tiny amounts of thimerosal may cause considerable damage to health and may even be lethal:
Studies Showing Thimerosal Harms
Burden In Children With Autistic Spectrum Disorders
‘This study shows a strong association between increased
urinary mercury concentrations following three days of treatment
with DMSA and the presence of an autistic spectrum disorder. The
statistically significant association persists when vaccinated cases
are compared with matched vaccinated controls.’
They also concluded a direct relationship between mercury in childhood vaccines and autistic disorder.
‘Moreover, our findings appear to confirm previously published
epidemiologic evidence showing a direct association between
increasing mercury from thimerosal-containing childhood
vaccines and neurodevelopment disorders in children. These
studies showed that there was a two to sixfold, statistically
significant increased incidence of neurodevelopment disorders
following an additional 75-100 mcg dosage of mercury from
thimerosal-containing childhood vaccines in comparison to thimerosal-free childhood vaccines.’
(Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons Volume 8 Number 3 Fall 2003).
Neurodevelopmental Disorders After Thimerosal Containing Vaccines
The male/female ratio indicated that autism (17) and speech disorders (2.3) were reported more in males than females after thimerosal containing DTaP, whereas mental retardation (1.2) was more evenly reported among male and female recipients.
Acute control adverse reactions such as death, vasculitis, seizures, ED visits, gastroenteritis and total adverse reactions were reported similarly after thimerosal and thimerosal free DTaP vaccines. An association between neurodevelopmental disorders and thimerosal containing DTaP vaccines was found.
Source: The Genetic Centers of America, http://mercury-freedrugs.org/docs/NeurodevelopmentalDisordersAfterThimerosal-ContainingVaccines-A%20Brief%20Communication.pdf
Even Tiny Injections of Thimerosal Can Cause Autism
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.
Source: Induction of metallothionein in mouse cerebellum and cerebrum with low-dose thimerosal injection, Cell Biology and Toxicology, 0742-2091 (Print) 1573-6822 (Online), 9 April 2009.
Mitochondrial dysfunction, impaired oxidative-reduction activity, degeneration, and death in human neuronal and fetal cells induced by low-level exposure to thimerosal and other metal compounds
Source: Toxicological & Environmental Chemistry, Volume 91, Issue 4 June 2009 , pages 735 – 749
Hepatitis B Vaccination of Male Newborns Causes Autism! Boys Vaccinated At Birth With Hep B Have 3 Times Greater Risk of Being Autistic!
B vaccine was recommended in 1991; however, safety
findings are mixed. The Vaccine Safety Datalink Workgroup reported no association between hepatitis B vaccination at birth and febrile episodes or neurological adverse
events. Other studies found positive hepatitis B vaccination and ear infection, pharyngitis, and
chronic arthritis; as well as receipt of early intervention/special education services (EIS); in probability samples of U.S. children. Children with autistic spectrum disorder(ASD) comprise a growing caseload for EIS. We evaluated
the association between hepatitis B vaccination of male neonates and parental report of ASD.
METHODS: This cross-sectional study used U.S. probability samples obtained from National Health Interview Survey 1997–2002 datasets. Logistic regression modeling was used to estimate the effect of neonatal hepatitis B vaccination on
ASDrisk amongboys age 3–17 years with shot records, adjusted for race, maternal education, and two-parent household.
RESULTS:Boys who received the hepatitis B vaccine during the first month of life had 2.94 greater odds for ASD (nZ31 of 7,486; OR Z 2.94; p Z 0.03; 95% CI Z 1.10, 7.90)compared to later- or unvaccinated boys.Non-Hispanic white
boys were 61% less likely to have ASD(ORZ0.39; pZ0.04;95% CIZ0.16, 0.94) relative to non-white boys.
CONCLUSION: Findings suggest that U.S. male neonates vaccinated with hepatitis B vaccine had a 3-fold greater risk of ASD; risk was greatest for non-white boys.
Source: Annals of Epidemiology, vol.19, no. 9, September 2009: 651-680.
State legislations that limit the use of thimerosal in vaccines for pregnant women and their infants
Sources: Journal of Pediatric Infectious Diseases, Volume 4, Number 3 / 2009.
Why would the CDC think it okay to give people mercury containing swine flu vaccines when the Journal of Pediatrics says they should be phased out for pregnant women and babies?
It is Safe For Pregnant Women and Children to Recieve a Vaccine Containing Thimerosal
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GSK’s vaccine says this:
‘There are currently no data available on the use of Pandemrix in pregnancy.
There are no safety and immunogenicity data available from clinical studies with Pandemrix (H1N1) in children and adolescents aged from 3-17 years or in children aged less than 6 months. There are very limited data available from a clinical study with Pandemrix (H1N1) in healthy children aged from 6 to 35 months and limited data from a study with a version of Pandemrix containing H5N1 antigens in children aged from 3 to 9 years.
Very limited data in children aged 6 to 35 months (N=51) who received two doses of 0.25 ml (half of the adult dose) with an interval of 3 weeks between doses indicate an increase in the rates of injection site reactions and general symptoms (see section 4.8). In particular rates of fever (axillary temperature GREATER-THAN OR EQUAL TO (8805)38°C) may increase considerably after the second dose. Therefore, monitoring of temperature and measures to lower the fever (such as antipyretic medication as seems clinically necessary) are recommended in young children (e.g. up to approximately 6 years of age) after each vaccination.
There are no data on administration of AS03-adjuvanted vaccines before or following other types of influenza vaccines intended for pre-pandemic or pandemic use.
A protective immune response may not be elicited in all vaccinees.’
Pregnancy Category C: Animal reproduction studies have not been conducted with Influenza A (H1N1) 2009 Monovalent Vaccine or AFLURIA. It is also not known whether these vaccines can cause fetal harm when administered to a pregnant woman or can affect reproduction capacity. Influenza A (H1N1) 2009 Monovalent Vaccine should be given to a pregnant woman only if clearly needed.
Neither Influenza A (H1N1) 2009 Monovalent Vaccine nor AFLURIA has been evaluated in nursing mothers. It is not known whether Influenza A (H1N1) 2009 Monovalent Vaccine or AFLURIA is excreted in human milk. Because many drugs are excreted in human milk, caution should be exercised when Influenza A (H1N1) 2009 Monovalent Vaccine is administered to a nursing woman.’
Getting The Flu Vaccine Is Safer Than Getting The Flu
* Healthy young people from birth through age 24
* Pregnant women
* Adults 25 to 64 who have certain underlying medical conditions
Children, especially those younger than 5 years of age and those who have high risk medical conditions are at increased risk of influenza-related complications.
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* unusual tiredness,
* runny nose,
* sore throat,
* shortness of breath or cough,
* loss of appetite,
* aching muscles,
* diarrhoea or vomiting.
These are the symptoms of regular flu:
* sudden fever (a temperature of 38°C/100.4°F or above),
* dry, chesty cough,
* aching muscles,
* limb or joint pain,
* diarrhoea or stomach upset,
* sore throat,
* runny or blocked nose,
* loss of appetite, and
* difficulty sleeping.
So in actual fact the symptoms are EXACTLY THE SAME as regular flu, and although annoying, the illness is generally mild.
The office of National Statistics also said this:
‘Influenza is often implicated in winter deaths as it can cause complications such as bronchitis and pneumonia, especially in the elderly, although relatively few deaths are attributed to influenza itself. According to the Health Protection Agency (HPA) influenza activity started early and reached moderate levels during the winter of 2008/09, but did not reach the epidemic levels seen in the winter of 1999/2000.’
So actually death rates from influenza illnesses are LESS than in 1999/2000!
The HPA also say in their 31 December 09 report on H1N1, that:
‘The disease is generally mild in most people so far, but is proving severe in a small minority of cases.’
They also say, ‘Data from NHS Direct do not reflect the true pattern of cold/ flu callers and so are not currently an accurate surveillance tool. Deaths – the number of deaths related to swine flu in England as of 17 December is 203 (This figure represents the number of deaths in individuals with swine flu but does not represent the number of deaths that can be attributed to swine flu).’
So the 203 people in the UK reported to have died of H1N1 just happened to be diagnosed with H1N1, which is done without taking any swabs, and their death might not have actually been from H1N1.
So the total worldwide death rate of 12,866 is probably grossly over-reported and even if it wasn’t, that figure is TINY if you consider it is worldwide. Every year in the US there are 36,000 deaths from influenza, respiratory illnesses and cardiac issues so if you add up the numbers, this does not equate to a pandemic and the illness has a lower death rate than many other illnesses.
The Vaccine Side-Effects
Clinical studies have evaluated the incidence of adverse reactions listed below in approximately 5,000 subjects 18 years old and above who received formulations containing A/Vietnam/1194/2004 (H5N1) strain with at least 3.75 microgram HA/AS03.
Blood and lymphatic system disorders
Nervous system disorders
Very common: headache
Uncommon: paraesthesia, somnolence, dizziness
Uncommon: gastro-intestinal symptoms (such as diarrhoea, vomiting, abdominal pain, nausea)
Skin and subcutaneous tissue disorders
Common: ecchymosis at the injection site, sweating increased
Uncommon: pruritus, rash
Musculoskeletal and connective tissue disorders
Very common: arthralgia, myalgia
General disorders and administration site conditions
Very common: induration, swelling, pain and redness at the injection site, fever, fatigue
Common: shivering, influenza like illness, injection site reactions (such as warmth, pruritus)
Post-marketing surveillance of H1N1 vaccine – i.e. they only studied the vaccine AFTER they introduced it, as all effects listed above are for H5N1 vaccine, making YOU the experiment!
Immune system disorders
Anaphylaxis, allergic reactions
Nervous system disorders
Skin and subcutaneous tissue disorders
Angioedema, generalised skin reactions, urticaria
Interpandemic trivalent vaccines
From Post-marketing surveillance with interpandemic trivalent vaccines, the following adverse reactions have also been reported:
Neuralgia, transient thrombocytopenia.
Vasculitis with transient renal involvement.
Neurological disorders, such as encephalomyelitis, neuritis and Guillain Barré syndrome.
This medicinal product contains thiomersal (an organomercuric compound) as a preservative and therefore, it is possible that sensitisation reactions may occur (see section 4.4).
Another point is that they cannot say the vaccine is safer when they don’t have any safety data to back up their statement.
Health professionals admitted in their Simpsonwood report 7-8 June 2000, that they have no idea of the accumulative effect of thimerosal in children, that they don’t know what constitutes a safe dose, if any, that they are aware it crosses the placenta and blood/brain barrier. They simply don’t have the knowledge to back up what they’re saying.
They don’t know if children can excrete this so how do they know that 20 years down the line if the child gets cancer, whether it was from his vaccine or not? There are too many unanswered questions.
Research Shows No Link Between Thimerosal And Autism
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And it isn’t just an issue with live vaccines like MMR being given after several thimerosal containing vaccines. The issue is with ALL vaccines and has been known about and discussed for years before Dr. Wakefield’s MMR study. For instance, here is a 1976 study implicating smallpox vaccine with autism (known as Kanner Syndrome in those days):
[Autistic syndrome (Kanner) and vaccination against smallpox (author’s
transl)][Article in German]
3-4 weeks following an otherwise uncomplicated first vaccination against smallpox a boy, then aged 15 months and last seen at the age of 5 1/2 years,gradually developed a complete Kanner syndrome. The question whether vaccination and early infantile autism might be connected is being
discussed. A causal relationship is considered extremely unlikely. But vaccination is recognized as having a starter function for the onset of
Source: Klin Padiatr. 1976 Mar;188(2):172- 80
Yes, you read that right, vaccination is recognized as having a starter function for the onset of autism, and that was in 1976!
Thimerosal was never 100% removed from childhood vaccines. It is still present in many vaccines, even the ones labelled thimerosal-free, in trace amounts. See the CDC Pink book for details:
Thimerosal is also still in the Hepatitis B vaccine given to all US neonates at birth (and in some other countries too). A very recent study listed on this page showed that male neonates vaccinated at birth tripled their risk of autism compared with those who weren’t vaccinated!
In addition to this, an annual flu shot was introduced into the US schedule after 2001, and you’ve guessed it, the flu shot contains thimerosal! So it was quite a neat party trick of the CDC to suggest that they’d removed it and autism rates continued to rise, when in actual fact they added it back in via their new recommendations for the flu shot!
Below is a graph showing the US vaccine schedule for 2001:
Now if you look at the graph for 2002, you will see they’ve added in the new thimerosal containing flu shot to be given yearly to selected groups children over 6 months old.
By 2004, this recommendation was extended to everyone over 6 months of age. See http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm5316-Immunizationa1.htm for the 2004 graph.
Source: http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm5102a4.htm MMWR,January 18, 2002 / 51(02);31-3
The CDC also say:
‘Since 2001, no new vaccine licensed by FDA for use in children has contained thimerosal as a preservative, and all vaccines routinely recommended by CDC for children younger than 6 years of age have been thimerosal-free, or contain only trace amounts of thimerosal, except for multi-dose formulations of influenza vaccine.’
The influenza vaccine they give to babies and children EVERY YEAR and some of the other vaccines still contain trace amounts (that still accumulates).
So it’s no wonder that autism rates have continued to rise!!