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New Jersey Mandates Flu Shot for Preschoolers Despite Thimerosal

Posted by Jane Akre
Tuesday, December 18, 2007 12:06 AM EST
Category: Major Medical, Protecting Your Family
Tags: Defective Drugs, Flu Drugs, FDA and Prescription Drugs

New Jersey mandates the influenza vaccine for all preschoolers despite the controversy about flu shots and the fact that the mercury based preservative is still present in many.  


Beginning next year, New Jersey will become the first state in the country to require preschool age children receive flu vaccine.

The New Jersey Commissioner for Health, Dr. Fred M. Jacobs is expected to sign the measure today after an advisory health panel voted 5-2 to approve the measure last week.

Children who attend licensed day care or preschools will be required to have an annual flu shot as well as three other vaccines, a pneumonia vaccine for preschool and for middle school a shot for meningitis and a tetanus, pertussis and diphtheria booster, which is also given in first grade. 

Last week a standing room only crowd of parents argued before the panel that there is a link between autism and vaccination, specifically thimerosal used to preserve vaccines. The panel decided that link has not been established.  New Jersey leads the nation in incidents of autism, a developmental disease affecting the young.

Anne Downing, a mother of two, believes her young daughter's autism is tied to receiving two vaccines, one when she was pregnant and the other when her infant daughter received a pneumonia shot. She invited the panel to spend the day at her house to see what it's like to live with a child who wants to bite her skin or smear feces on the wall. 

But Dr. Eddy Bresnitz, the state deputy Commissioner of Health said 600 children are hospitalized from influenza every year in New Jersey and that children, like the elderly, are particularly susceptible to the flu.

Home schooled children are exempt as are children whose parents want to opt out for religious or medical reasons.  

Speaking to the New York Times last week, Sue Collins of the New Jersey Alliance for Informed Choice on Vaccination, said that the exemptions are difficult to get and are subject to being challenged by the state.

The majority of flu vaccines still contain thimerosal, the mercury based preservative present in multi-dose vials. Mercury is a neurotoxin. The official word is there is no link to autism but the controversy continues. Too many parents have directly observed a profound change in their child after receiving a series of childhood vaccines containing thimerosal.

To err on the side of safety, manufacturers and the government have been trending away from thimerosal use.

In 1999, the CDC and American Academy of Pediatrics asked manufacturers to begin removing thimerosal as a preservative. But it is still present in many multi-dose vaccinations including the one for influenza. It is not required in single doses since there is no need to preserve the vial's contents for the next patient.

Thimerosal free influenza vaccines are available only in limited quantities. Parents who want to exercise the “precautionary principle” should ask for the single-dose vials for flu vaccines or spray mists for their children. Check the CDC Table of Influenza Vaccine for the 2007-2008 Influenza Season. 

Dr. Joseph Mercola, an online natural and complimentary MD recommends recommends against getting any kind of flu shot arguing on his site that they weaken the immune system. Instead a healthy died and the elimination of sugar are flu fighters he argues. Dr. Mercola is author of The Great Bird Flu Hoax. 

While the flu shot given with a needle is a killed or inactivated virus, FluMist nasal spray, approved for children in September 2007 contains a live influenza.  

Dr. Sherri Tenpenny, an osteopath and emergency medicine doctor, paints a somewhat frightening picture about the nasal influenza spray being given in public. Since Wal-Mart was administering FluMist, Dr. Tenpenny points out that the manufacturers own packaging warns in its package insert under “PRECAUTIONS," the manufacturer states the following warning:

"FluMist® recipients should avoid close contact with
immunocompromised individuals for at least 21 days."

Sneezing individuals walking around Wal-Mart after a dose of FluMist would likely encounter people in all stages of health or disease, presumably shedding the live virus thru nasal droplets in a cough or sneeze.

Admittedly somewhat dated from 2000, Chet Day, an online health writer gives some interesting points to raise with your doctor about flu vaccines. Day speaks from his personal experience of watching his wife become extremely ill after receiving one. 

Obviously washing your hands regularly is perhaps the simplest and best advice everyone can agree on.


1 Comment

Anonymous User
Posted by no-name
Wednesday, December 19, 2007 6:50 AM EST

You have to be nuts to take allow any of this witches brew into your child. Yes there is a direct link with autism and vaccinations!!!! Just like the reason why gas prices are $3.00 a gallon and for 30 years we have no alternative fuels. Just like why cigarettes took 30 years for folks to finally conceed that smoke if bad. MONEY is why the drug companies say there is no link. How many studies have actually been done to identify the link??? It if just folks saying NO. Well that is not good enough. How about doing some real testing and spend money on the facts not on hiding.

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