Dr. Anne Schuchat, Assistant Surgeon General of the United States and Director of the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, answers frequently asked questions about the H1N1 flu.
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Flu Vaccine FAQs Dr. Travis Stork: So Dr Schuchat briefly let’s talk about the concern for mercury in the vaccine, the concern for adjuvants, things like Squalene. Dr. Anne Schuchat: Right let me first talk about those adjuvants, the Squalene thing now the influenza vaccines that we’re using here in the US, the seasonal flu vaccines and the H1N1 vaccines do not contain that adjuvant. That’s used in some vaccines that have been in use overseas but we’re not using them here. So the only reason that we might in the future need to use something like that would be if the virus really mutated and the vaccines that we have aren’t working, we have no plans right now to use the adjuvanted form of vaccine. Now the other question people have and I get this all time is about mercury, about the thimerosal preservative. I want to say that there have been a lot of studies done about that, there’s no scientific link between the Thimerosal preservative and any kind of long term problems, autism, neuro-developmental problems, really no link there at all but we know, even though there’s no science behind that concern that people have concerns and so the government has bought a lot of vaccine that’s Thimerosal-free, we don’t think that scientist are Doctors that there’s a problem but we’ve heard from consumers that they are concerned and so because of that, we have made available, we’ve bought and we’re making available the we’re Thimerosal-free vaccine that doesn’t have the mercury containing preservative in it. Dr. Jim Sears: You now another adjuvant ; a lot of parents are asking me about is aluminum, and there is no aluminum in any of these flu shots whether it’s the regular flu shot or the H1N1 shot either.

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