bill to ban mercury in vaccines

July 2004
Mothering;Jul/Aug2004, Issue 125, p25
Those opposed to the use of thimerosal in vaccines are calling for the support of the Mercury-Free Vaccine Act of 2004. Sponsored by US Representatives Dave Weldon, Maryland, and Carolyn Maloney, the bill seeks to enact an agreement reached in 1999 among the Public Health Service, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and vaccine manufacturers to remove the preservative thimerosal from vaccines. Composed of 50 percent mercury, thimerosal is a neurotoxin particularly harmful to the developing nervous systems of fetuses and infants. Today, despite the 1999 agreement, thimerosal remains an ingredient of a number of vaccines— including the newly recommended flu vaccine.


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