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Can children become ill after the mmr vaccine because it contains the poison mercury?

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Dr. Marybeth Lambe
Travel Medicine 45 years experience
No mercury: #1 MMR has never contained mercury in any form including no thimerosal ( which has been used in other vaccines). Mmr has never contained thimerosal since it has been made. #2 MMR reactions are fairly common. Up to 1 in 6 children has a mild fever, with 5% developing slight rash. Occasionally a child shows some swollen lymph glands in the neck . They may complain of achy joints for a few days too.
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
The mercury myth is perpetuated by the vaccine hater community.
Aug 13, 2013

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