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For conscientious parents, the worst fears about swine flu have recently been confirmed. And those fears don’t even relate to the H1N1 virus itself. Rather, they concern the release of the new flu vaccine and its all-too-familiar contents. As it turns out, the vaccine contains trace amounts of thimerosal, a mercury-based preservative that has been linked to the onset of autism in a number of cases dating back to the 1990s.
Although the medical establishment prefers to downplay the disastrous effects thimerosal has wrought throughout last decade, the preservative was nonetheless banned in 2001. It’s a shame that it’s making an unwelcome reemergence at a time when many American families will be seeking out early flu shots. There may be a way to receive a vaccination while still forgoing the preservative, however.
According to the Centers for Disease Control, which has been trumpeting the release of the vaccine and the public’s need to use it, a single-dose version doesn’t require a preservative. That means it should be thimerosal-free. In any case, it’s important for parents to do their homework before leaving their children susceptible to mercury exposure.
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