"I will not back down from protecting our kids from mercury poisoning or making sure that our food is safe and our water is clean. I will not go back to the days when health insurance companies had unchecked power to cancel your policy, deny your coverage, or charge women differently from men." CNN President Obama's State of the Union We applaud EPA efforts to protect kids from mercury poisoning in the air, the water and food sources , but please don't neglect pharmaceutical applications like the flu vaccine. Mandated mercury doesn't seem to fit the "protection" theme, Mr. President.
Really? HHS worked with PBS's Sid the Science Kid promoting the mercury laden flu vaccine to children: "If I don't get the virus I won't give it to you! Come everybody we're gettin' the shot! It might hurt a little bit but it's gonna help a lot!"
From FDA.gov: Fluvirin: For active immunization of persons 4 years of age and older against influenza disease caused by influenza virus subtypes A and type B contained in the vaccine. The 0.5-mL prefilled syringe presentation is formulated without preservative. However, thimerosal, a mercury derivative used during manufacturing, is removed by subsequent purification steps to a trace amount (≤ 1 mcg mercury per 0.5-mL dose). The 5-mL multidose vial formulation contains thimerosal, a mercury derivative, added as a preservative. Each 0.5-mL dose from the multidose vial contains 25 mcg mercury.