Children getting too much mercury

Children getting too much mercury

By Joe Baker

By Joe Baker

Senior Editor

What do you know about vaccines? Do you know what is in them? For parents and grandparents, this information from Vaccine Facts should be of interest.

A century ago, children received only one vaccine, and that was for smallpox. Forty years ago they were routinely given five vaccines (diptheria, pertussis, tetanus, polio and smallpox) and up to eight shots by the age of two.

Today, children get 52 vaccines in 15 shots by the age of six months, if they receive all the recommended immunizations, including the pediatric pneumonia shot.

Vaccines contain Thimersol, MSG, aluminum, formaldehyde, sucrose, and phenoxyethanol (antifreeze) among other ingredients. Thimersol is almost 50 percent mercury. Mercury is a neurotoxin or nerve poison.

The Environmental Protection Agency says safe levels are .1 microgram per 1.0 kilogram of body weight per day. Vaccines contain 12.5 to 25.0 micrograms of mercury. A “well baby” visit can result in 50 and 62.5 micrograms of mercury injected into the child’s bloodstream.

The federal Center for Disease Control reported it has turned up a link between mercury and autism. Thimersol also is a pesticide registered with the EPA.

Here are some numbers to ponder: Hepatitis B vaccine, given at birth, has 12 micrograms of mercury, 30 times more than the safe level. Diptheria, tetanus and pertussin, given at four months, contain 50 micrograms of mercury, 60 times more than the safe level. At six months, the youngster is scheduled to get Hepatitis B and polio vaccines. These have 62.5 mcg of mercury, 78 times more than the safe level. At 15 months, the child gets another 50 mcg of mercury, 41 times above the safe level.

Low levels of mercury at critical developmental stages have been associated with neurological disorders in children, including Attention Deficit Disorder, autism and speech delays.

Should it be surprising that there is an epidemic of these conditions? At present children are advised to have up to 24 vaccines from birth to age 18.

More detailed information about vaccines, vaccine supply and contraindications for immunization is available on the National Immunization Program website at, or you may call the National Immunization Hotline at 1-800-232-2522.

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