Originally Posted by Taximom5
Protecting fetuses from mercury--even protecting children and adults from mercury-- is not important to those who profit from vaccines.
March of Dimes may not be profiting from vaccines, but if their entire education concerning vaccine safety comes from the pharmaceutical industry or their representatives, then they will unwittingly continue the sales propaganda, including the whitewashing you mentioned. They are almost certainly completely unaware that there ARE safety issues concerning vaccines, and they probably believe the oft-repeated lie that "thimerosal has been removed from US vaccines." (It has not, in case we have any new readers reading along.)
How can you know what's important to people who profit from vaccines?
In any case, there's no evidence that thimerosol actually causes any damage, and it has been removed from all childhood vaccines, and flu vaccines except those sold in multi-shot vials.
Here's some information on thimerosol I have collected to share here when it comes up. :)
The FDA has a website on thimerosol in vaccines in which they discuss their opinions on it (http://www.fda.gov/BiologicsBloodVaccines/SafetyAvailability/VaccineSafety/UCM096228)
For example they say:
"FDA has been actively addressing the issue of thimerosal as a preservative in vaccines. Under the FDA Modernization Act (FDAMA) of 1997, the FDA conducted a comprehensive review of the use of thimerosal in childhood vaccines. Conducted in 1999, this review found no evidence of harm from the use of thimerosal as a vaccine preservative, other than local hypersensitivity reactions (Ball et al. 2001)."
despite the lack of any evidence of danger in that review the FDA and other government agencies related to health/children still recommended that it be removed/reduced in all vaccines in 1999/2000 "just in case" they had missed something.
"As a precautionary measure, the Public Health Service (including the FDA, National Institutes of Health (NIH), Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) and the American Academy of Pediatrics issued two Joint Statements, urging vaccine manufacturers to reduce or eliminate thimerosal in vaccines as soon as possible (CDC 1999) and (CDC 2000)."
That link has a discussion on the effectiveness of that recommendation and there is not thimerosol in almost all routinely recommended childhood vaccinations in 2012 (table at that link). I was interested to note that the table also says that many formulations never had any thimerosol.
Finally they also comment on their ongoing study of thimerosol in vaccines and in other products:
"The FDA is continuing its efforts to reduce the exposure of infants, children, and pregnant women to mercury from various sources. Discussions with the manufacturers of influenza virus vaccines (which are now routinely recommended for pregnant women and children 6-23 months of age) regarding their capacity to potentially increase the supply of thimerosal-reduced and thimerosal-free presentations are ongoing."