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Mercury and Vaccines

Mercury and Vaccines"Over the years, with more and more childhood vaccinations recommended or required, the amount of mercury to which infants and young children are being exposed has significantly increased."

What is the concern about mercury in vaccines?

Thimerosal, also known as thiomersal, is a preservative used in a number of biological and pharmaceutical products, including some flu and many multi-dose vaccines used for child immunisation. Mercury makes up approximately 50% of the weight of thimerosal in the organic form of ethylmercury. Thimerosal has been added to products to help prevent the growth of microbes since the 1930s. As more has become known about the effects of mercury on human health, the use of thimerosal in vaccines became an issue of increasing concern. Over the years, with more and more childhood vaccinations recommended or required, the amount of mercury to which infants and young children are being exposed has significantly increased.

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Last updated on 14 June 2011

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