Autism, Flu Shots and the Fable of Mercury and Pregnancy Safety
Posted Nov 01 2012 12:00am
Managing Editor's Note: You've likely seen the media flurry that spins fever during pregnancy into "flu shots may prevent autism." No mention of the mercury in the flu shots of course. Below is a post we ran back in 2009 - that dispels the notion that flu vaccination has been properly tested in pregnant women. Did you have a flu shot while pregnant? Tell us in the comments.
By Jim Thompson
The CDC and FDA are still telling stories
about how thimerosal, which contains 50 percent mercury and is a known
neurotoxin, is safe for pregnant women in flu vaccines. The reference for this fable is
Heinonen, Shapiro, Monson et al from 1973.
Ayoub and Yazbak exposed
this whopper in “Influenza Vaccination During Pregnancy: A Critical Assessment
of the Recommendations of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices
“This solitary safety study, by Heinonen et al., has in
fact very little to do with the safety of influenza vaccination. The reported
outcomes were strictly limited to malignancies, mostly after polio vaccination
during pregnancy.” Ibid.
Apparently the bologna
was also served in 2006 in a paper by Naleway.
The references included Heinonen, Shapiro, Monson et al 1973 and
Heinonen, Sloan, and Shapiro et al 1976.
“Over 2,000 pregnant women received inactivated influenza
vaccine as part of the Collaborative Perinatal Project, a longitudinal
population-based study conducted in the 1960s. Maternal vaccination during
pregnancy was not associated with fetal malformations, cognitive or neurologic
disabilities, or childhood cancers during 7 years of follow-up with this cohort
(30, 31).” See Naleway, 2006 .
and Yazbak exposed this phony claim as well.
“ Heinonen et al. (13, 14) recorded birth defects, but not
fetal viability, and actually reported an increased risk of several specific birth
defects (cleft palate, microcephaly, pyloric stenosis) associated with prenatal
influenza vaccine exposure as well as increases in malformations following
exposures to the vaccine preservative thimerosal.”
So CDC and FDA please spare us the tall tales. The truth is it has not been proven safe for
pregnant women to receive an influenza vaccine that contains thimerosal!