vaccinations & flu shots

By ConnieMarie Latest Reply 2012-10-16 16:28:01 -0500
Started 2012-10-16 06:52:48 -0500

I have a friend who is antivaccination after reading articles linking autism to them. This morning I was reading an article she posted & was alarmed that many of this years flu shots have been contaminated with mercury but flabbergasted the CDC said use them ANYWAY!!! Mercury is TOXIC!!!! the internet is wonderful yet frightening at the same time.

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Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2012-10-16 12:38:16 -0500 Report

The internet isn't frightening at all. People are far more frightening than the internet will ever be. The problem is your friend read articles and did not verify that what she was reading was accurate. You should also consider and confirm sources of information. The CDC and National Institute of Health's website is loaded with confirmed information. This is why I rarely read health articles posted on Yahoo or other sites and I certainly do not believe what I read on Wikipedia. Most are not written by a health professionals. Anyone can write information for Wikipedia and most is never confirmed as accurate by the site. Which is why we were told by our professors to never use information from the site when writing papers.

pontufex 2012-10-16 07:54:22 -0500 Report

Your friend might what to do a bit more research before starting the panic train. The CDC has time and time again found NO link between the preservative contained in vaccines and Autism, or any other illness for that matter, but in 1999 the CDC asked vaccine manufacturers to phase it out altogether, in fact the vast majority of vaccines produced today contain no mercury at all.

Mercury in small doses have been used for centuries to treat various ailments, especially those of the stomach. In large doses it is toxic…the vapors, not the metal itself. In high school we "played" with mercury in Science class while wearing respirators, this was in 1998 my senior year.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2012-10-16 12:32:56 -0500 Report

Pontufex you are correct. People think that because a scientist says something will harm and kill you it will. This is not entirely true. Dosages given to lab animals are far more highly concentrated than it is when consumed by humans.

Mercury has been used for medicinal purposes since it was discovered. The ancient Romans, Greeks, Chinese, and Egyptians all used it for one purpose or another.

I know a woman who won't have her kids vaccinated because she doesn't want them to become autistic due to mercury in the vaccines. She had to sign a waiver to get her kids in school. What she didn't realize is they cannot come through the door of the school if they are sick without a doctors note. Now they miss a lot of school waiting to see a doctor. Not one day care center will accept the younger two because they are not vaccinated.

We played with mercury in high school also.

jayabee52 2012-10-16 10:41:39 -0500 Report

"in 1999 the CDC asked vaccine manufacturers to phase it out altogether," This is 2012 and at least on the following site ~ they offer the vaccine both with and without Thimerisol. One would think that over the years since 1999 a suitable replacement would have been found if they were really trying. I am convinced of the banality of Big Pharma companies who want to make as much money as they can for as cheaply as possible. Plus The FDA has not been so much of a watchdog agency for "big Pharma" but seems to accommodate them. There are many medications which were approved by FDA which have needed to be restricted or banned altogether.

The acceptable level of mercury exposure is a rather "slippery" subject. I could cite websites which pretty much agree with the cdc and then I could quote sites which pretty much says no exposure is acceptable.

During research for this posting I read that not only is mercury exposure implicated in Autism, but also ADHD (which I have). I have also had numerous mercury fillings, which according to some is implicated in causes for several different diseases.

I myself tend to avoid mercury as much as possible since I have quite enough "medical challenges" as is. I feel the safest way for me is to try to avoid the problem as much as possible. So I have made a choice to avoid vaccines for flu altogether.

As the saying goes "ya pays yer money and ya takes yer chances"