My grandchildren came home from elementary school with a fact sheet about the H1N1 vaccine they will be giving in the schools now, and a form to allow or decline a shot for your child. When I read the sheet, my concerns increased in regard to the safety of all children who will take the shot.
Here are facts that I am familiar with:
- It has not been tested long enough to say it is safe.
- The sheet says that the vaccine contains thimerosal, but doesn't state that it's mercury, the second-most toxic element on Earth. The H1N1 has 25 micrograms of mercury, way beyond the amount in parts per billion that the EPA allows in our drinking water. There also are other toxins in the vaccine.
- The facts say there are no studies showing a connection between thimerosal and autism. They then refer to a 2004 Institute of Medicine study that refutes the claim. Even the former director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the study was flawed and should not be used as proof of this. There are numerous studies showing a connection, done by reputable scientists and doctors in peer-reviewed journals.
- The information states not to take the vaccine if you are allergic to thimerosal, eggs etc. Everyone is allergic to thimerosal and the other toxins in the vaccine. They threaten the immune system's ability to function properly.
- The facts let us know that risk of vaccine injury is very small. However, there are already hundreds of severe reactions that have been filed on special forms, including seizures following vaccination.
- Facts state that bad reactions occur within minutes or hours after the shot. This is not true. Reactions can occur days, weeks or possibly months later.
- The sheet comments about the filing of a claim if vaccine injury occurs. However, it doesn't tell us that there will be no possibility with the H1N1 vaccine to claim compensation for serious injury because the government has given complete immunity to the vaccine makers if such an event happens.
North Augusta, S.C.