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Controversy Stems Over Vaccine Preservative

2/27/17 8:30 AM

To vaccinate or not to vaccinate? That's the question as the debate continues nationwide over whether to require young children to get vaccinated. Of course, the idea of forcing parents to immunize their kids caused some controversy, and even sparked angry tweets from celebrities claiming vaccines are poisoning our children. The debate surrounds a preservative used in some vaccines called thimerosal.

Dr. Anthony Fauci, Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, tells CNN it's all a misconception and that the type of mercury in thimerosal is entirely different from the potential dangerous mercury found in fish.

So what is thimerosal? It's a mercury-based compound in vials of vaccines used multiple times to prevent bacteria and fungus from growing. Back in 1928, 12 children died after getting vaccinated for diphtheria. The multi-dose vaccine was later found to have been contaminated with living staphylococci. But it wasn't until 1968 that the U.S. required manufacturers to use preservatives in most multi-use vaccines.

Thimerosal is an ethylmercury, which is different from methylmercury found in fish. Unlike methylmercury, which can accumulate to the point its toxic, ethylmercury passes through the body quickly and excreted in your waste.

Although hundreds of studies have shown that thimerosal is safe for humans, it was removed from most vaccines meant for young children in 2001. However, all routinely recommended vaccines for children in the U.S. are available thimerosal-free. While there is no evidence to link thimerosal to autism or any other serious disorder or disease, one study did show that autism rates went up after the preservation was removed from vaccines.

To ensure safety and efficiency, the CDC enforces strict guidelines for vaccines. Among the guidelines is keeping vaccines at the correct conditions and proper temperatures at all times. To help comply with regulations, MadgeTech offers a data logging system designed specifically for vaccine monitoring. For more information on the benefits and features of the MadgeTech Vaccine Temperature Monitoring System, click here.

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