Thursday, June 27, 2013

Global Treaty to Curb Mercury-Except When It Comes to Children's Vaccines

Global Treaty to Curb Mercury–Except When It Comes to Children's Vaccines

"Mercury is notorious for damaging the developing brains and nervous systems of babies and children. Concern about the serious effects of mercury pollution brought delegates from more than 140 nations to Geneva this January to put the finishing touches on a global treaty to minimize emissions. But there's a form of mercury that the treaty won't touch – one that is injected, in tiny amounts, straight into young kids' bodies.  Some common vaccines that prevent such diseases as diphtheria, whooping cough and meningitis contain thimerosal, a mercury-based preservative that fights bacteria and fungi. Thimerosal is also used in the production of certain vaccines, which retain trace amounts of the compound."

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