Saturday, February 10, 2007

Mercury-free flu shots are still available

Posted by Craig Westover | 7:17 PM |  

For Immediate Release

People who choose to get a flu shot can still find some mercury-free doses throughout the Twin Cities area. Both Park Nicollet and Fairview Clinics reported this week that they still have a supply of the mercury-free version.

Clinic representatives advised calling before arriving, to verify that the mercury-free formula is still in supply.

Thimerosal is the name of the mercury compound used as a vaccine preservative. If the vaccine comes in a multi-dose vial, it likely has mercury in preservative levels -- of 25 microgramsfor 3-year-olds and up, or 12.5 micrograms for infants.

Parents can also ask to see the package insert and look for the presence of Thimerosal in the ingredients. However if the dose is already in a prefilled syringe, it is likely mercury-free.

Medical studies show that nutritional supplements boost immune function, such as Vitamins C, D and E. During the winter Minnesotans, especially shut-ins, are far less able to make vitamin D from skin exposure to sunlight.

For more information, contact Jerri Johnson of the Minnesota Natural Health Coalition at 651-688-6515 or

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