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23 people have died from heart attacks, blood infections and pneumonia after having routine flu jabs
Official figures show that a further 123 people given the winter vaccine suffered a suspected reaction so severe they were taken to hospital.
Causes of death included heart attacks, blood infections and pneumonia, while asthma and kidney failure were among reported side-effects.
"There is a great deal of evidence to prove that immunization of children does more harm than good."
-- Dr. J. Anthony Morris, former Chief Vaccine Control Officer and research virologist, US FDA
"There is no evidence that any influenza vaccine thus far developed is effective in preventing or mitigating any attack of influenza. The producers of these vaccines know that they are worthless, but they go on selling them, anyway."
-- Dr. J. Anthony Morris
Most flu shots contain mercury, but few know it
By Raquel Rutledge, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Monday, November 19, 2007
A record 130 million Americans are expected to get a flu shot this season in hopes of ducking the nasty virus, but as the needle pierces the skin, more than 80 percent will also get what some say is a hefty and dangerous dose of mercury.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that almost everyone including pregnant women get the injection, despite written warnings from the vaccine manufacturers.
Citing an estimated 36,000 deaths a year from the flu and flu-related illness, the mainstream medical community, including the American Academy of Pediatrics and American Lung Association, says the benefits far exceed any risk from the shot.
In a typical year, between 5 percent and 10 percent of the population will get the flu virus, resulting in roughly 200,000 hospitalizations, according to the CDC. The flu can be especially dangerous for very young children and people 65 and older. Elderly people account for about 90 percent of all flu-related deaths.
Simply stated: The flu shot saves lives, the CDC says.
Yet a growing number of doctors, scientists and citizen organizations, such as Safe Minds, the Coalition for Mercury-Free Drugs and Moms Against Mercury, say mercury in flu shots has not been proved to be safe and can be linked to neurological disorders and other serious problems. They push for mercury-free shots that are available in limited quantities but that few know about.
"Mercury causes tremendous damage to the brain," said Paul King, scientific adviser for the Coalition for Mercury-Free Drugs.
Mercury is among the most toxic heavy metals and is known to poison the central nervous system, liver, gastrointestinal tract and other systems in the body.
About 80 percent of all flu shots distributed in the United States contain a mercury-based preservative called thimerosal. Thimerosal consists of 49.6 percent ethyl mercury, an anti-bacterial, anti-fungal that allows manufacturers to sell the vaccine in large, multi-dose containers without fear of contamination.
The Environmental Protection Agency and federal Food and Drug Administration have not set an exposure limit for ethyl mercury.
The federal agencies have, however, set exposure limits for another organic and closely related form of mercury, methyl mercury, the type that comes from coal-fired power plants and is found in fish. They use that standard when estimating the safety of ethyl mercury.
Doctors and scientists debate the differences of the two forms in terms of how they affect the brain and body, but all agree: both are toxins.
A typical 0.5 milliliter flu shot contains 25 micrograms or 50,000 parts per billion of mercury.
The EPA classifies a liquid with 200 parts per billion of mercury as hazardous waste. The limit for drinking water is 2 parts per billion...