The Mercury in Your Flu Shot Isn’t All It’s Cracked up To be
I couldn’t believe it. The flu shot I didn’t want, that would ultimately do no good because the virus would mutate in the month or so it took to work, contained poison.
They shot me up with mercury of all things and no one told me.
They should have.
It’s not like you can check the ingredients on the label.
What is this stuff anyway? Did they use me as a guinea pig?
It’s called thimerosal, aka thiomersal. And it’s been around since the 1930s.
What is it?
In short, it’s a preservative used in biologics and flu vaccines. It is also the culprit that has fueled the anti-vaccination movement. Manufacturers have used it as a preservative in vaccines against diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis (DTP), hepatitis B, rabies, and meningococcal diseases, aka meningitis.
It wasn’t a problem until Congress passed the FDA Modernization Act in 1997, requiring the agency to account for the mercury in all drugs and vaccines.
Leave it to Congress.
Because of the number of vaccines administered at the same time, it occurred to researchers that the cumulative amount of mercury could exceed EPA guidelines.
And they did.
It reminds me of the class-action suit with breast implants where scientific evidence was not used to resolve the matter.
But I digress.
Thimerosal is an ethylmercury-based preservative used in multi-dose vials of the flu vaccine to prevent contamination from germs, bacteria, or fungi. And multi-dose vials are the way to go, so if you’ve gotten a flu shot, you can bet you’ve gotten a dose.
How much mercury is in a flu shot?
The same amount that is found in a 3 ounce can of tuna.
The thing is there are several different types of mercury. The CDC does not deny that thimerosal contains it. What it does say is that not all types of mercury are the same.
Well, thank God for small favors.
The ethylmercury in thimerosal is unlike methylmercury found in some types of fish. It doesn’t stay in your body long enough to be absorbed and cause harm.
And the allergic reaction is minimal.
It presents itself as redness and swelling at the injection site. Funny how it’s the preservative that creates the irritation and not the vaccine itself. It only lasts a day or two, about the amount of time it takes for the body to break it down and clear it out.
The World Health Organization rates mercury as one of the top 10 chemicals of public concerns, but even they endorse the use of Thimerosal.
I’ve done my research. My flu vaccine, although most likely useless, will not poison me after all.
I could not find any peer-reviewed articles or even a science writer to say that thimerosal has caused severe adverse reactions. I tried. That’s where this article was going when I started it.
But I’m sticking to the facts.
In his report, Mercury in Vaccines Doesn’t Stick Around Long Enough, Study Finds, Thomas H. Maugh, II of the Los Angeles Times states:
“ There is a “clear relationship” between the amount of mercury that must be in the blood, the length of time it must remain there and the likelihood of it accumulating in the brain to cause damage, said Dr. Michael E. Pichichero of the University of Rochester, lead author on the paper.
“Now it’s obvious that ethyl mercury’s short half-life prevents toxic buildup from occurring,” he said. “It’s just gone too fast.”
Guess I’ll live.
Whether or not I get the flu remains to be seen.
Marilyn is a writer, spiritual medium, reiki practitioner and well-preserved grandma. She lives by the ocean with two friendly but destructive cats and travels regularly on the country’s oldest, and most unreliable, transit system. She loves connecting with her fellow scribes and readers on Medium. If you want to comment or read more of her writing click here.