Mercury preservative in H1N1 shot still feared

Autism groups and some local lawmakers are raising a red flag about New York state's decision to allow a banned preservative to be used in the H1N1 vaccine.

Thimerosal, a mercury-based preservative, was outlawed for pregnant women and children three years ago.

Assemblyman Harvey Weisenberg (D-Long Beach) says health officials got around the thimerosal ban by declaring a swine flu epidemic and saying a vaccine shortage justifies the use of the preservative.

While health officials say thimerosal is safe and continue to urge pregnant women to get vaccinated against swine flu, many expectant mothers are unconvinced of the vaccine?s safety and say they don?t plan on getting the shot.

CDC: H1N1 Vaccination Shots and Pregnant WomenSuffolk County Health ServicesNassau County Health DepartmentAutism Society

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