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Do the flu shots contain any mercury?

Do the flu shots contain any mercury?

Some do.: Adult flu shots distributed in multidose vials have thiomersal. Children's single-dose vials and syringes have none, and neither do the live intranasal flu vaccines. ...Read more

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Flu Shot (Definition)

Also known as influenza vaccines, flu shots are given out once a year to protect against the flu. The flu shot stimulates the immune system to build antibodies to three or four strains of flu viruses in the hopes that it will offer protection from the current strains present in the community. Each year the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) monitors the strains of Influenza globally and incorporates the appropriate antigens in the new vaccine. For best protection the vaccine ...Read more


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Is there mercury in babies' flu shots in the u.S.?

Is there mercury in babies' flu shots in the u.S.?

Some don't: It depends on the brand. Some flu shots do *not* have thimerosal - the preservative with mercury in it. Some flu shots have trace amounts. For more info about all shots, thimerosal, and brands: check this link: http://www.Vaccinesafety.Edu/thi-table.Htm#*#* ask your doc what brand do they use. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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Does a flu shot have mercury in it?

Does a flu shot have mercury in it?

Multi-dose vial, yes: Thimerosal is a mercury based preservative that is in some vaccines, including flu shots packaged as a multi-dose vial. Individually packaged single-dose shots do not have preservatives. The nasal spray flu vaccine also does not contain thimerosal. The thimerosal in shots was a tiny amount, and has been removed from children's vaccines, but was not shown to be harmful to people receiving vaccines. ...Read more

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Is it true that the flu shot has a lot of mercury in it? Also, any chance it can give you flu like symptoms or the actual flu?

Flu vaccine : Thimerosal is a mercury-based preservative. Some vaccines produced in multi-dose vials, have thimerosal to protect against contamination of the vial. Single-dose units are without thimerosal, because they are opened and used only once. The nasal spray vaccine, is also in single-dose units and doesn't have thimerosal. It's possible to get flu-like symptoms from vaccine, but actual flu is very rare ...Read more

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Why do flu shots have mercury (thiomersal) in the vaccine?

Why do flu shots have mercury (thiomersal) in the vaccine?

Preservative: Thiomersal kills bacteria (germs). Multi-dose vials have thiomersal in them to prevent overgrowth of bacteria in case any bacteria are pushed into the vial when a needle is entered. The type of mercury is an "ethyl" compound that is removed by the body much more easily than the "methyl" type mercury that is present in fish and human breast milk (it is present in all our bodies.). ...Read more

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Can there be mercury in a 9 month old baby's flu shot vaccination?

Can there be mercury in a 9 month old baby's flu shot vaccination?

Yes: See dr pizzo's response. But keep in mind that the type of mercury ( and there are safe and not safe types) in the shot has been demonstrated in many, many research studies to not have or cause any serious side effects in babies whereas the influenza infection can be deadly, causing unfortunately several thousands deaths in children per year. Do not be afraid. Get the shot! ...Read more

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What are some vaccines that contain thermasol besides the flu shot?

What are some vaccines that contain thermasol besides the flu shot?

Few if any: Thimerosal was removed from all routine childhood immunizations by 2002. It remains in multi-dose flu vaccine ( not single dose). ...Read more

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My husband is truly allergic to neosporin. The flu shot apparently contains this. Can he have a flu shot? He has never had one before.

My husband is truly allergic to neosporin. The flu shot apparently contains this. Can he have a flu shot? He has never had one before.

Unlikely: Neomycin will give mild local reaction , some vaccines like polio will have very small concentration , flue vaccine is cultivated from egg yolk , if you are allergic to eggs , may give reaction speak to your doctor. ...Read more

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I'm 26 week pregnant and got the flu shot. I'm scared because i got the one that contains thimerosal. Is there any risk or harm for the baby?

I'm 26 week pregnant and got the flu shot. I'm scared because i got the one that contains  thimerosal. Is there any risk or harm for the baby?

Flu shots: The flu shot containing the trace amounts of thimerosal is the one most studied in pregnancy & found to produce no harm to baby. On the other hand, pregnant women die yearly from the flu during flu season.The thimerosal lie came from vaccine haters who linked methyl mercury toxicity to the different form in the vaccines.There is no evidence that this preservative ever caused damage to anyone. ...Read more

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Do all traditional flu shots (needle, not mist spray ) contain DEAD virus, or do clinics offer shots with a LIVE virus?

Do all traditional flu shots (needle, not mist spray ) contain DEAD virus, or do clinics offer shots with a LIVE virus?

No LIVE injections: The flu shot injections have no live flu viruses. They usually contain particles purified from the 3 or 4 strains of flu viruses expected to hit the country in the winter. The particles in flu shots come from 2 of the type A strains, and 1 or 2 of the type B strains. ...Read more

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Flu (Definition)

The flu, otherwise known as influenza, is a viral infection of the nose and throat. Symptoms of influenza include fever, chills, runny nose, muscle aches, fatigue, malaise, headaches, and coughing. Children with the flu often have nausea and vomiting as well. Some strains of the flu are preventable by getting a yearly flu ...Read more