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From: Claire Curtis
Date: 2001-09-01 22:17:00 UTC
Subject: Thimerosal in Vaccines?

I have just been diagnosed as being allergic to thimerosal, and I'm
appalled to find out that it is a very common preservative in vaccines.

Thimerosal is a mercury derivitive, and apparently there is a
controversy about vaccinating (human) babies because mercury exposure
can cause neural damage (and maybe other stuff). The government and
medical authorities say the risk is negligible, but I'm wondering about
our fur-babies. A human baby has a heck of a lot more mass than a ferret.

a) is thimerosal used as a preservative in ferret vaccines?
b) are there any studies on mercury toxicity in ferrets?
c) is thimerosal sensitivity as common in ferrets as it is in humans?
Could it be the reason for the apparently high vaccination reaction
d) if there is a correlation between vaccination and other medical
problems developing later, might thimerosal also be implicated?

Anyone have any answers?