RELATED QUOTE & FACTS:
"There’s no conclusive scientific evidence that the
amount of mercury one might get from a flu shot is linked
with any neurological development outcome that’s negative."
— Jeanne Santoli, deputy director of immunization
services division for the U.S. Centers for Disease Control
A typical flu shot contains 50,000 parts per billion of
FACT: The EPA classifies a liquid with 200 parts per billion
of mercury as hazardous waste.
FACT: The legal "safe" limit for mercury in drinking
water is 2 parts per billion
FACT: For each flu-shot, a 22-pound baby gets more than
25 times the amount of mercury considered safe. And doctors
are recommending that many babies and children get two flu
shots this season.
FACT: A material safety data sheet from Eli Lilly and Co.,
a former producer of flu vaccines, says exposure to thimerosal
may include "fetal changes, decreased offspring survival
and lung tissue changes. Exposure in utero and in children
may cause mild to severe mental retardation and mild to
severe motor coordination impairment."