Mercury-free Influenza Vaccines Available

by Anai Rhoads

Good news for parents who seek to protect their children from Thimerosal in influenza vaccines. Thimerosal has been added to vaccines for well over sixty years now, but due to its mercury content many scientists believe its time to offer either alternatives or Thimerosal-free vaccines to those who wish to avoid it. Although it was believed that Thimerosal benefited vaccines by serving as a preventative against microbial contamination, the mercury levels were undesirable for all ages.

Parents now have the choice to ask for a Thimerosal-free version of the flu vaccine for the next scheduled shots. Since most doctors and hospitals pre-order the vaccines in the spring to prepare for the autumn vaccinations, parents must request the vaccine now.

The Vaccine Advisory Committee of the Centre for Disease Control (CDC) began suggesting that parents vaccinate children six to twenty-three months old for the onset of the 2002 and 2003 influenza season. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the new preservative-free flu vaccines, helping Evans Vaccines widen their ability to promote for children under the age of three. And yet another manufacture, Aventis Pasteur, made their debut in November 2002 with the FDA approved Fluzone. Fluzone can be used in children six months onward.

The following is a list of situations where the flu vaccine is almost always strongly recommended:

  • Those with lung disease
  • Diabetes
  • Those who are pregnant or are trying
  • Men and women over sixty-five years of age
  • Anyone over age six months with a chronic illness/disease
  • Kidney problems
  • Asthma
  • Heart conditions

Typical vaccinations begin in October and sometimes into November. Ask your doctor to pre-order the mercury-free vaccines now.

Anai Rhoads is a medical and political researcher/writer with a particular interest in the sanctions on Iraq and the wider effect of racism's influence in the Middle East. A vegan since 2000, she is a dedicated supporter of activities which promote animal and human rights. Originally from Greece, she now resides in Virginia, USA with her husband and their two dogs, Bijou and Eva.

Copyright © Anai Rhoads. Permission to publish granted to Pregnancy.org, LLC.