VIENNA, Va. -- Two national parent organizations are calling on President Bush to issue an Executive Order to compel drug companies to remove mercury preservatives from vaccines in order to protect developing fetuses, infants and children from potential immune and brain system damage.
Unlocking Autism (UA), a national, non-profit autism awareness organization,
and the non-profit National Vaccine Information Center (NVIC), the largest and
oldest vaccine safety organization in the
enforce a 1999 directive to drug companies by the Food and Drug Administration
(FDA) and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to remove mercury from all
Mercury is a known neurotoxin and drug companies removed mercury
preservatives from over-the-counter products in the early 1990s but the FDA
has not enforced its 1999 directive regarding vaccines. While mercury has been
reduced in many childhood vaccines, some flu vaccines given to pregnant women
and infants still contain so much mercury that a person would have to weigh
500 pounds to safely get a flu vaccination according to EPA standards.
During the fall presidential campaign, Unlocking Autism asked both
presidential candidates if they supported removal of mercury from all
childhood vaccines. President Bush said "yes" in writing but since the
election has refused to take action despite repeated requests from parents.
"The drug companies have had six years to stop injecting mercury into our
children's bodies and that is long enough. Giving mercury to kids on purpose
is stupid. If the FDA won't make them get it out then nobody but the President
can make them do it. We need the President to step up to the plate and protect
our children and the unborn from harm," says Shelley Reynolds, Unlocking
Autism (UA) president.
Barbara Loe Fisher, president of the National Vaccine Information Center
(NVIC), says, "The precautionary principle should prevail here: when in doubt,
get it out. Whenever there is a safer product available, the more risky
product should be removed from the market. This is like deja vu for those of
us who watched the FDA fail to properly regulate the drug industry after the
less reactive DTaP vaccine was licensed for babies in 1996. The FDA refused to
recall the more toxic DPT vaccine and so it was injected into American babies
for six more years, just like mercury has been injected into babies for six
more years after the FDA told the drug companies to get it out of vaccines."
Unlocking Autism, the National Vaccine Information Center and other parent
groups, who are concerned that the dramatic rise in autism and other
neurodevelopmental delays in children in the past few decades is in part due
to the use of multiple mercury-containing vaccines, are making ads and public
service announcements available to parents in every state which ask President
Bush to issue an Executive Order to get mercury out of vaccines. State and
federal legislators are also being made aware of the request.
Source: National Vaccine Information Center