Parents are advised to ask for an ingredient list for vaccines before vaccinating their children, as it has been revealed to be a myth that vaccines no longer contain mercury.
Ethan A. Huff has written an article in Natural News debunking the notion that vaccines are mercury free. Huff exposes the fact that "the toxic additive thimerosal, a mercury-based preservative linked to causing permanent neurological damage" is still present in many vaccines, including the influenza vaccine administered to children as young as six-months old.
According to theFDA website "Thimerosal has been removed from or reduced to trace amounts in all vaccines routinely recommended for children 6 years of age and younger, with the exception of inactivated influenza vaccine" due to "increasing awareness of the theoretical potential for neurotoxicity" posed by the presence of thimerosal in vaccines.
A lawsuit was recently filed against the FDA by a citizen-backed coalition advocating vaccine safety. According to Courthouse News Judge Brett Kavanaugh ruled that the FDA is not liable as thimerosal free vaccines, commanding a higher price, are available upon request. Thus Kavanaugh ruled "parents concerned about the effects of thimerosal can obtain thimerosal-free vaccines for their school-age children" when compulsory vaccinations are required. Although most vaccines for pregnant women and young children do not contain thimerosal the judgement went on to rule "Thimerosal-preserved flu vaccines are necessary to ensure sufficient supply at a reasonable price."
Dr. Paul G. King produced a study entitled "Scientific Information Regarding the Use of Thimerosal As a Preservative in Vaccines" showing "Thimerosal, is metabolized (converted) into the toxic and “harmful” methylmercury. And then in turn, the harmful methylmercury is metabolized (converted) into the most harmful, long-term-toxic, “inorganic” mercury that is retained in bodily tissue."
Parents may not be aware that routine influenza vaccines contain a mercury-based preservative that has the approval of the FDA as a cheaper alternative to mercury free options which are actually available. It should be noted that the United Nations Environment Programme also released a paper concluding thimerosal did not pose a health threat when used in vaccines.
However, the use of contentious substances such as aspartame and thimerosal has vocal adherents and opponents arguing over the long-term health issues. Reports, such as the one produced by Huff, allow parents the opportunity to apprise themselves of the issues before vaccinating their children instead of relying on the FDA to opt for safety before price considerations.