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Meadville doctor concerned about mercury in flu vaccines

Submitted Wed, 12/12/2012 - 9:18am by Andy Alm

MEADVILLE – Mercury in flu shots.  Is it all hype, or is this a subject for real concern?  Most medical professionals encourage everyone to get the flu shot, but some doctors are saying, not so fast.  Doctors like Dr. Paul Piersel, of Total Health Commonsense Medicine in Meadville.

“It has been associated with the development of autism, and interestingly, flu shots, even now, still contain mercury.”

To clarify, not all flu shots.  Your shot is likely to contain the mercury-based preservative thimerosal only if it comes from a multi-dose vial, which Dr. Piersel says is the most common and cheapest kind.  The FDA says most multi-dose shots contain about 25 micrograms of the stuff.

But just how worried should we be about a little mercury?  Piersel’s words seem to be at odds with what much of the medical establishment has to say on the subject.  The official website of the Centers for Disease Control states that the level of thimerosal in flu vaccines is very low and not a cause for concern.

It also maintains that, “Numerous studies have found no association between thimerosal exposure and autism.”

Find that a tough pill to swallow?  You’re not alone.  And Piersel says there are options for those who want to distance themselves from mercury.

“If you’re going  to get a flu shot, you really should request a mercury-free vaccine.”