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A record 130 million Americans are expected to get a flu shot this season in hopes of ducking the nasty virus, but as the needle pierces the skin, more than 80 percent will also get what some say is a hefty and dangerous dose of mercury.
The ********* recommends that almost everyone — including pregnant women — get the injection, despite written warnings from the vaccine manufacturers.

Yet a growing number of doctors, scientists and citizen organizations, such as ********** say mercury in flu shots has not been proved to be safe and can be linked to neurological disorders and other serious problems. They push for mercury-free shots that are available in limited quantities but that few know about.

"Mercury causes tremendous damage to the brain,"*****

Mercury is among the most toxic heavy metals and is known to poison the central nervous system, liver, gastrointestinal tract and other systems in the body.

About 80 percent of all flu shots distributed in the United States contain a mercury-based preservative called thimerosal. Thimerosal consists of 49.6 percent ethyl mercury, an anti-bacterial, anti-fungal that allows manufacturers to sell the vaccine in large, multi-dose containers without fear of contamination.
A typical 0.5 milliliter flu shot contains 25 micrograms — or 50,000 parts per billion — of mercury.

Using the standards set for methyl mercury consumption — the kind that's in fish — an average 130-pound person getting the flu shot would exceed the daily limit by more than four times. A 22-pound baby would get more than 25 times the amount of mercury considered safe. And ***** are recommending that many babies and children get two flu shots this season.

A material safety data sheet from *********, which no longer makes a flu vaccine, says effects of exposure to thimerosal may include "fetal changes, decreased offspring survival and lung tissue changes. ... Exposure in utero and in children may cause mild to severe mental retardation and mild to severe motor coordination impairment."

It does not state at what levels of exposure these consequences could occur.

Amid all the uncertainty, and considering that mercury is a known neurotoxin, several states, such as California, Illinois and New York, have banned thimerosal in vaccines — including the flu shot — given to young children and pregnant women.

Yet every day, in grocery stores, fast-food restaurants, pharmacies, at work and elsewhere, people are bombarded with the message to "Shoo the flu" and are repeatedly told "the best way to beat the flu is to get a flu shot."

Nothing is ever mentioned about thimerosal.

Nothing is ever said about the manufacturers' warnings for pregnant women.

Yet a maker of the flu vaccine, ******, in its own literature distributed in package inserts with the vaccine, specifically states:

"Animal reproduction studies have not been conducted with Influenza Virus Vaccine. It is also not known whether Influenza Virus Vaccine can cause fetal harm when administered to a pregnant woman or can affect reproduction capacity. Influenza Virus Vaccine should be given to a pregnant woman only if clearly needed."

Other flu vaccine makers include similar warnings in package inserts for both types of flu shots.

Yet physicians aren't present at most flu clinics. So, many, rely on information from the federal government and medical associations.
"It's ridiculous," a physician and medical director "It's a big, big deception.

"Vaccine manufacturers say they're ramping up production of thimerosal-free vaccines but don't have capacity to convert all the flu shots immediately.

Protect yourself

Read the labels and materials that accompany the flu shot

Ask for a preservative-free flu shot

Consult with your physician if you have concerns

To report an adverse reaction to the flu shot, file a report A typical flu shot contains 25 micrograms — or 50,000 parts per billion — of mercury.

The EPA classifies a liquid with 200 parts per billion of mercury as hazardous waste. The limit for drinking water is 2

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