State Mercury Laws

What do some of the Mercury (Thimerosal) Bans REALLY mean?

 

Mercury free does NOT mean a total ban for most states so read the state law to be sure of what it says. For all states, they can be viewed here:

 

 

`Mercury-Free Vaccines Act of 2005’

 

 

Some Examples:

 

California-The state data do not include children under the age of 3. About 90 percent of all autistic children are entered into the system before the age of 6. According to the state data, 2002 was a record year for new autism diagnoses, with 3,259 cases. In 2003, the number of new cases slipped to 3,125. In 2004, the number was 3,074. For the first half of 2005, there were 1,470 new cases, compared to 1,518 in the same period in 2004. (Source:AP-California)

California- Article 9. Mercury-containing Vaccines

124172. (a) Except for an influenza vaccine described in subdivision (b), on and after July 1, 2006, a person who is knowingly

pregnant or who is under three years of age shall not be vaccinated with a mercury-containing vaccine or injected with a mercury-containing product that contains more than 0.5 micrograms of mercury per 0.5 milliliter dose.

(b) On and after July 1, 2006, a person who is knowingly pregnant or who is under three years of age shall not be vaccinated with a mercury-containing influenza vaccine that contains more than 1.0 microgram of mercury per 0.5 milliliter dose.

 

 

Iowa- Beginning January 1, 2006, immunizations administered in this state shall not contain more than trace amounts of mercury. The prohibition under this section shall not apply to   early childhood immunizations for influenza or in times of  emergency or epidemic as determined by the director of public  health.

 

 

New York-ban does not take effect until 2008. Prohibits the administration to any person under the age of three years and to women who know they are pregnant of any vaccine containing more than 0.5micrograms of mercury per 0.5 milliliter dose, except that, for children under 3 years, an influenza vaccine may contain not more than 0.625 micrograms of mercury per 0.25 milliliter dose, and for pregnant women, an influenza vaccine may contain not more than 1.25 micrograms of mercury per 0.50 milliliter dose; authorizes the commissioner of health to grant exemptions in cases of disease outbreaks and vaccine shortages, and exempts influenza vaccines for pregnant women if there is in any year an insufficient supply of such vaccine which complies with the provisions of this act.

 

 

Missouri– Prohibits immunizations administered to children less than eight years old from containing mercury after January 1, 2007. PASSED IN MAY 2005. Under the act, after April 1, 2007, any immunizations administered to knowingly pregnant women or children under three years of age shall not contain more than 1 microgram of mercury per 0.5-milliliter dose.

 

 

Illinois-ban not in effect until 2008 however on Mar 04, 2006- the Illinois Department of Public Health has declared 4 vaccines with high levels of mercury exempt from the law. Illinois passed landmark legislation that limits mercury levels in vaccines to 1.25 micrograms per dose by the first of this year and eliminates mercury all together by January 1st 2008, the Illinois Department of Public Health has issued a declaration of exemption which allows four vaccines to exceed the limit. In addition to the flu vaccine, the diphtheria-tetanus, Japanese encephalitis and meningitis vaccines are also exempted from the law. The Illinois Department of Public Health claims the mercury-free versions of these vaccines are either too expensive, in short supply or non-existent, hence they have allowed thimerosal, the mercury-laden preservative in these vaccines to persist.

 

 

Oregon-Restricts use of vaccines containing mercury by pregnant women and children under three years of age.  Takes effect January 1, 2007. A woman who is known to be pregnant or a child under three years of age may not be vaccinated with a vaccine containing mercury or injected with a product that contains more than 0.5 micrograms of mercury per 0.5 milliliter dose.

(b) Notwithstanding paragraph (a) of this subsection, a woman who is known to be

pregnant or a child under three years of age may be vaccinated with an influenza vaccine

that contains 1.0 microgram of mercury or less per 0.5 milliliter dose.

 

Tennessee- All immunizations administered to any person, including pregnant women, in the State of TN shall not contain mercury, trace amounts of mercury or preservatives containing mercury. :)

 

 

Delaware- Except for vaccines for influenza, no vaccine containing more than a trace amount of mercury shall be made available to a medical provider in this State for administration to children under eight years of age or to pregnant women.  This section shall not apply to vaccines administered during declared states of emergency or epidemics.” Section 1. of this Act shall become effective on January 1, 2006. No vaccine containing more than a trace amount of mercury shall be made available to a medical provider in this State for administration to children under eight years of age or to pregnant women.  This section shall not apply to vaccines administered during declared states of emergency or epidemics.” shall become effective on January 1, 2007. No vaccine containing mercury shall be made available to a medical provider in this State for administration to children under eight years of age or to pregnant women.  No vaccine containing mercury shall be administered by a medical provider in this State to a child who is under eight years of age or to a pregnant woman, notwithstanding the expiration date thereof.  This section shall not apply to vaccines administered during declared states of emergency or epidemics.” become effective on January 1, 2008.

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