Is it true many as 50% of vaccines used in the U.S. contain mercury, which has been linked in the media with autism?

No.

  • Thimerasol is a preservative used in a few adult vaccines and is 50% mercury by weight.
  • Nearly all of the vaccines routinely recommended for childhood vaccination up to age 6 have never contained thimerasol. In addition, these vaccine formulations have been further studied by the FDA and approved as thimerasol free. Plumas County Public Health Agency does not provide any childhood vaccines containing thimerasol, with the exception of flu vaccine. There are thimerasol-free flu vaccines available for pediatric patients and pregnant women.
  • See the FDA site for vaccine safety for a table of thimerasol contact in vaccines. (7)

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1. I have heard vaccines are more dangerous than the diseases they protect against. Isn't it safer for my child to get the disease?
2. Can vaccines cause encephalitis (brain inflammation) and other severe consequences?
3. If vaccines are safe, why has the federal government paid more than $2 billion to children and adults injured by vaccines?
4. Is it possible that aluminum in vaccines could be harmful to normal, healthy babies?
5. Is it true many as 50% of vaccines used in the U.S. contain mercury, which has been linked in the media with autism?
6. I have heard about the Vaccine Adverse Events Reporting System (VAERS). Does this mean there are more dangers from vaccines than are being reported to VAERS?
7. Why should I vaccinate my child when vaccines are not 100% effective and don't always last a lifetime?
8. Is it difficult to get legal exemptions to vaccination for school enrollment?