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The CDC Buys and Distributes Heavy Metal Mercury Preserved Flu Vaccines for Children

Mercury-vaccineBy Jim Thompson

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is a division of the United States Public Health Service.  According to this 2012 report to congress, the “CDC is dedicated to protecting health and promoting quality of life through the prevention and control of disease, injury and disability.”

In 1999 the U.S. Public Health Service issued a joint statement with the American Academy of Pediatrics and vaccine manufacturers agreeing that the heavy metal mercury, a known neurotoxin, used in Thimerosal vaccine preservative should be removed from vaccines “as soon as possible.” 

However the U.S. Public Health Service is failing to meet the terms of this agreement.  According the following CDC web sites, the U.S. Public Health Service, 14 years after the agreement to remove Thimerosal, still allows the CDC to buy and distribute preserved multi-dose flu vaccines for children that contain the heavy metal mercury.  

(1) Mercury has been removed from most types of vaccines. However an estimated 83 million flu vaccine doses for the recent seasonal supply use this heavy metal in the preservative Thimerosal.  See http://www.cdc.gov/flu/about/qa/vaxsupply.htm

(2) “CDC buys vaccines at a discount and distributes them to grantees—i.e., state health departments and certain local and territorial public health agencies—which in turn distribute them at no charge to those private physicians' offices and public health clinics registered as VFC [Vaccines For Children] providers.” See http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/programs/vfc/index.html 

(3) “Vaccine procured through the VFC program must be administered according to the guidelines outlined by the ACIP in VFC resolutions. VFC vaccine also may be administered in accordance with State school attendance laws.” http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/programs/vfc/providers/resolutions.html 

(4) Those ACIP guidelines include “…multidose [flu vaccine] vials [that] contain the vaccine preservative Thimerosal.” http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/rr5808a1.htm?s_cid=rr5808a1_e  

(5) The following CDC Vaccines For Children price list includes Thimerosal preserved flu vaccines.

“Vaccines for Children Program (VFC), CDC Vaccine Price List [preserved vaccines for children that contain the heavy metal mercury in Thimerosal.]
Fluzone,…10 dose vial, $8.749… [contract end date] 2/21/2014,  Sanofi Pasteur,
Fluvirin,…10 dose vial,  $8.00 …[contract end date]  2/21/2014, Novartis ,
Afluria,…10 dose vial,  $8.25 …[contract end date] 2/21/2014, Merck.”

See http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/programs/vfc/awardees/vaccine-management/price-list/index.html .

Each Thimerosal preserved flu vaccine dose that the CDC buys and distributes for children has about the same mercury by weight as one half cup of D009 mercury hazardous waste.   And a 2001 technical report “Mercury in the Environment: Implications for Pediatricians” concluded that “Mercury in all of its forms is toxic to the fetus and children, and efforts should be made to reduce exposure to the extent possible to pregnant women and children as well as the general population.” 

Please contact your elected US Senators and Representative.   Ask them to stop the use of our tax dollars by the CDC to buy and distribute Thimerosal (heavy metal mercury) preserved flu vaccines for children.

Jim Thompson is a registered professional engineer.  His first granddaughter Taylor Haug was diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder, epilepsy, verbal apraxia, motor disorder, and sensory integration disorder.


Jim Thompson

Looking at the following $ 3.5 billion figure quoted in 2011 it is important to repeat a comment submitted elsewhere on Age of Autism.

Here is the 2011 quote:

“At an ACIP meeting in February, CDC director Thomas Frieden told members that his agency now spends more than $3.5 billion a year on vaccines for children. See http://minnesota.publicradio.org/features/npr.php?id=138474107 .

Here is a comment submitted September 10, 2013 on Age of Autism:

Dr. Thomas Frieden, the director of the CDC since June, 2009 spoke on September 10, 2013 at a national broadcast National Press Club broadcast.

Dr. Frieden’s response, starting at 41:22, in answer to a question about “what things will CDC have to cut if sequestration continues” included this:

“A second area is in lead poisoning prevention. Lead poisoning is a serious problem. We also have a long standing commitment to lead poisoning prevention at CDC because it was our own study at CDC from the national center for health statistics and the national nutritional health and examination survey which identified that lead poisoning is prevalent in our kids and lead to the elimination of lead paint and lead gasoline. We’ve had a lot of progress but unfortunately the program which had gone for decades has essentially been dismantled. And we are losing our ability to track it, to identify new sources of lead poisoning, and to prevent it, and to protect the next generation.
See http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/09/10/mpr_news_presents .

It appears that the most important individual in the US administrative agency of the US Department of Health and Human Services does not recognize that the flu vaccines they buy and distribute contain 250 times greater concentration than the US EPA threshold for D009 hazardous waste.

Lead is a neurotoxin. Mercury is a neurotoxin.

Please contact your elected Senators and Representative. See http://www.usa.gov/Contact/Elected.shtml Ask them to demand that Dr. Frieden stop the CDC from buying and distributing flu vaccine with Thimerosal preservative.

Jim Thompson

Linda and Cherry Sperlin Misra:

Thomas R. Frieden submitted the 2012 report to the congress found at http://www.cdc.gov/nceh/information/docs/FY_2012_CJ_CDC.pdf .

He is the Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Administrator of the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR). Here is one of the accomplishments his report listed for congress:

“[The ATSDR] responded to 35 mercury spills in 2010 that affected children, some of who required medical interventions from their exposures. To reduce these events, ATSDR and EPA are working on a national outreach campaign ―Don‘t Mess with Mercury. Materials produced for this campaign include a video, video game, and educational outreach materials for teachers and school nurses. The campaign will be posted on the EPA's national website (http://www.dontmesswithmercury.org/ ). “

And at http://www.dontmesswithmercury.org/body.html it says:

“Mercury may cause damage to the nervous system, especially the brain.”


If you have watched this mercury and "vaccination" disaster unfold over the decades one thing should be rather clear. It is very important to someone that mercury somehow makes it's way into very small bodies of our children.

o "Flu shots" started out being targeted at us old codgers who had lived too long already. Now 13 gram fetuses are getting this completely needless poison before they have drawn their first breath of air.

o Poor children whose parents are on welfare are being FORCED to accept mercury fillings in their often filled teeth.

o Mercury is contained in our wonderful "mercury free vaccines".

o It goes on and on.

Now we see the International Medical Authorities have approved giving the old style children's "vaccinations" containing many micrograms of mercury in each and every "vaccination" to the billions of the world's children who do not yet have autism. Please keep in mind autism is only a marker for the vast array of diseases of "vaccination".


"Since 2001, no new vaccine licensed by FDA for use in children has contained thimerosal as a preservative," CDC

"and all vaccines routinely recommended by CDC for children younger than 6 years of age have been thimerosal-free," CDC

"or contain only trace amounts of thimerosal," CDC


The above statements by the CDC are an excellent example of how to lie without appearing to lie.

Our congress has allowed these criminals to define "trace amounts" of mercury in ANY form to be those which are less than 1 microgram per "vaccine" dose, One microgram of mercury contains 4.3 billion mercury atoms.


Yes there is mercury in kids "vaccines" IMO probably all of em. But it is an "impurity" and it is not being used as a preservative.

The "flu shot" is a mercury atom bomb.


Hi Cherry, I am talking about a province in Canada (Alberta). I completely agree with you that there are other factors that would affect the issue of autism incidence potentially -fish, industry source and amalgams in the case of mercury, say.

Christina Waldman

Just today on Facebook someone asked Dr. Mark Geier if there were studies on the synergistic effect of aluminum and mercury. Dr. Geier suggested Dr. Boyd Haley's paper, "Mercury toxicity: Genetic susceptibility and synergistic effects." Medical Veritas 2 (2005) 535-542.


Dr. Haley starts out saying the EPA and National Academy of Science both state that 8-10% of pregnant women already have enough mercury in their bodies to cause neurological problems in their offspring.

In "in vitro neuron culture type testing," aluminum hydroxide 500 nM and thimerosal 50nM, each of which alone caused only a slight increase in neuron death at the test levels, together increased neuron death to roughly 60%.

Synergistic effects of other heavy metals, diet, antibiotics, etc., on mercury toxicity make it impossible to define a "safe level" of mercury exposure, Dr. Haley says. It is imperative to try to eliminate all exposure to mercury.


Fifty years ago today, Larry (now Papaw)and I had successfully launched a flourishing interracial race relations organization in our city. We had dedicated our lives to addressing human rights issues as we raised our larch family to understand the need for the struggle for human rights. I watched the March on Washington with our two toddlers on TV that day, calling Larry at work to report that I thought that "I have a Dream" speech was surely a keeper. But in April, 1967, I sat dismally on our couch alongside an equally dismal, Zach, vice-president of our interracial organization, our close friend and godfather of our fifth child who toddled around slapping his hands on our knees and trying to get a laugh out of us. Together Zach, whose father had been born a slave and who had dedicated his life to fighting for justice until the day he died--and did--were watching Martin Luther King's funeral. There is such a bitter cost for human rights gains. Zach died a couple years later, insisting that his body be used to integrate the city's segregated funeral homes. There had been a wonderful pinnacle in the American battle. It had all happened so fast.
Today CBS hailed the news that over half the populace said there is hope for racial justice and progress. And President Obama hailed peace and justice and smilingly cheered "the children" who had led the way. Nobody said anything about the children of today, over half of whom have autism and other lethal related disorders, two of whom are our grandchildren. Yes! We still fight for human rights any way we can, including helping the mother of our expected great-grandson with information she seeks about vaccines. Our foray into the legal system for the sake of a grandson with mercury toxicity --autism -- has cost us the five of our six adult children who were a part of our local Civil Rights struggles, and their eight beautiful children. They just don't get that human rights are about people with disabilities like autism and ADHD and lethal allergies. The loss for us is staggering. But our efforts and out hopes for the human rights of people with autism will go on. Will everyone who reads this on this momentous 50th anniversary in the endless struggle for human rights write our president and tell him to get it, to get that the battle for human rights now includes a battle for the right to a decent meaningful life for each one in the huge American population of citizens with autism and related disorders? Tell him this is what is what it is now about!
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Cherry Sperlin Misra

To Jim, This is very interesting- The CDC going against their earlier vow (apparently long forgotten or they hope that we have forgotten)- and even paying for mercury laden vaccines.

To Jen- Regarding reduction in autism- I wonder in which state the person you mention (early educator) is working? As I see it there would be a great difference between a state that has a law against giving mercury vaccines to babies and one that does not. California, for example , has a law prohibiting giving mercury vaccines to pregnant women and children up to age 6 (I think that is the age) If you give a pregnant woman a large dose of mercury in a flu vaccine, and at age 6 months give her infant two flu vaccines, that is a large amount of mercury going into a small child. Now, if the mother has mercury-silver amalgams in her mouth and eats fish even once a week, she passes more mercury to her child through the placenta and breast milk. An interesting piece of information also comes to us through Dr. Boyd Haley- I dont have the exact numbers- but it is something like this: IN the last 30 years the percentage of women with a detectable amount of inorganic mercury in their blood has gone from 3% to 30%.These women then go on to give birth to children who are already mercury toxic at birth. It would seem that we need to look much more at the environment and fish consumption. I think that what we are going to find in California, if we could look at the population of autistic kids alone, is that they come from families that eat fish frequently and in some cases the mother goes back to her home country in Asia after her child is born and gets vaccines there. (This easily explains some of the children from India in California)


New article on flu shots from McMaster. Someone mentioned that university isn't necessary the most objective source for research but it does say that children under 6 doesn't seem justifiable as a priority. They are however recommending for pregnant women based on stats.
I like your article, Jim, it's good and to the point. BTW, one of those early childhood autism professionals got back to me about autism prevalence and although she didn't have specific numbers she still said we are seeing the full range of autism spectrum disabilities. She certainly didn't say she thought severe, non-verbal autism had decreased.
I think if we in Canada gave the hep b at birth dose we would be seeing more but we rely on CDC (American) statistics which seems pretty lame and makes it hard to compare.

Jim Thompson

Jessica, searching the web for the contract numbers at http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/programs/vfc/awardees/vaccine-management/price-list/index.html gives the following awards for the Thimerosal (heavy metal mercury) preserved flu shots purchased (and distributed) for children:

Sanofi Pasteur, 200,000 doses per https://www.fbo.gov/?s=opportunity&mode=form&id=7290297da94754347f72a3858fac9838&tab=core&_cview=0
NOVARTIS VACCINES AND DIAGNOSTICS, INC. , $13,500,000.00 per https://www.fbo.gov/?s=opportunity&mode=form&id=e2edf0194a65f1c42483845b3955cd13&tab=core&_cview=0
MERCK SHARP & DOHME CORP, $5,250,000.00 per


Walgreens is again pushing flu shots via their drive-up prescription windows... apparently the U.S. flu $hot $eason now extends from August through June.


Here is the 2013-14 list of influenza vaccine products available. And yes, the multidose vials still contain mercury--



From whom does the CDC buy these vaccines?

John Stone

My pleasure Jim,

You can scarcely credit that any of these people mean well for our children - just massaging the beautiful pharmaceutical-government machine, minus accountability.



Thanks Jim for your article and for the link to the CDC Annual Report. Very interesting.

From p. 9:

"Vaccines for Children – Mandatory Funding (+$270.358 million)

The FY 2012 budget request includes an increase of $270.358 million above the FY 2010 level, and an increase of $125.352 million above the FY 2011 estimate for the Vaccines for Children Program... A comprehensive immunization program also requires a strong foundation of science — from establishing and implementing vaccine policy to monitoring the effectiveness, impact, coverage, and safety of routinely -recommended vaccines."

Would be nice if that last part wasn't just a bunch of empty words.

Jim Thompson

John, thank you for the link to the CDC Foundation. It shows that this nongovernmental organization has corporate partners that include three companies that sell Thimerosal (heavy metal mercury) preserved flu vaccines to the CDC for distribution to be given to children. One of those corporate partners, Merck has the former CDC director as "president of Merck's Vaccine division." See http://www.xconomy.com/national/2011/06/24/mercks-julie-gerberding-former-cdc-director-on-the-future-of-vaccines/ .

david burd

Jim, immense thanks for bringing to light the willful poisoning by the CDC (and their Pharma/Medical Industry Allies) of our American citizens, particularly our mothers-to-be and infants and children.

My prior AoA Post earlier this year cited the Pediatrics Journal report by five Canadian doctors documenting that for six years (up to 2009) only 5% of Canadian parents had their infants get the flu shots - despite great promotion for the free jabs - yet for the same 6-year period, an average of one (1) pediatric "flu-associated death" per year was recorded of their normally healthy pediatric population. Clearly, other health conditions or toxic medical treatments could be the major contributors to such deaths, as few as they are.

Complete disclosure records another three (3) pediatric flu-associated deaths per year of Canadian children (up to age 16) with these children having existing/prior severe chronic and life-threatening conditions, calling into question the actual effects of the flu.

Of course the U.S. CDC willingly ignores how Canada year after year demonstrates how useless (and dangerous) are the flu shots, and indeed endlessly promote them, and loaded with mercury as you so concisely point out.

Our CDC leaders are no less than unforgivable criminals, as are the mainstream media that parrots the CDC party line.

John Stone

Obviously, the CDC are not only purchasers of pharmaceutical products they are in business with pharmaceutical companies through the CDC Foundation:

"Our diverse partners understand that linking with CDC through the CDC Foundation can significantly advance public health in this country and worldwide. Often, partners become engaged early on in a project to clearly understand its objectives or participate in the program design. Several partners may jointly fund a program to ensure its successful completion.

"Corporations whose goals or philanthropic interests align with CDC’s work often partner with the CDC Foundation to advance CDC's work on a specific health threat, such as protecting patients from healthcare-associated infections, reducing tobacco use and increasing screening and treatment for chronic and infectious disease."


Bob Moffitt

"the “CDC is dedicated to protecting health and promoting quality of life through the prevention and control of disease, injury and disability.”

How does the CDC get away with saying they are "dedicated to protecting health" .. while continuing to recommend, approve and distribute vaccines containing thimerosal .. a substance the US Public Health Service, the AAP and the vaccine manufacturers themselves .. agreed should be removed from ALL vaccines? Well, truth be known .. they get away with it BECAUSE THEY CAN.

The CDC mission statement should read:

"the “CDC is dedicated to protecting health and promoting quality of life through the prevention and control of disease, injury and disability .. using the CHEAPEST means available .. even if that means promoting the use of UNSAFE vaccines containing the known TOXIC SUBSTANCE THIMEROSAL."

Cost effectiveness trumps safety EVERY TIME .. and .. unfortunately, I don't think our Congress really gives a damn about it.


Looks like the mercury flu shot cost / without the needle / is about 85 cents per dose for a child or infant at 6 months of age.

Somewhere in there, there is supposed to be a 75 cent tax per dose for the Vaccine Injury Fund.

Retail cost per flu shot is about $30 each which. check my math, makes a gallon of flu vaccine sell for about $320,000. Of course using the same needle a few times could also increase the profit of this procedure.

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