"Debunking the thimerosal myth"
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|Tue, 05-13-2003 - 11:30pm|
Thimerosal was regularly used in vaccines until a 1999 recommendation from the AAP and the CDC called for its removal. According to reports at that time, the total mercury a child could be exposed to in the first year of life through thimerosal-containing vaccines exceeded safe levels of mercury exposure by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
But the EPA guidelines were intentionally liberal in their estimation of what constitutes dangerous levels of mercury exposure. Furthermore, leading vaccine advocates say, the recommendation to remove thimerosal was based on flawed assumptions, meaning that thimerosal was never dangerous in the first place.
Still, the removal of the preservative from vaccines was sensationalized in the media as a conclusion that thimerosal was in fact dangerous. What started out as a cautionary decision thought to benefit the American public blew up in the face of the public health community.
Vaccine manufacturers are now facing the ramifications of that decision in the form of lawsuits that threaten their ability to stay in business. As well, parents are now frightened by a backlash of misinformation campaigns and some are even scared to have their children immunized."
Entire article here: http://www.idinchildren.com/200304/thim.asp