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Fourteen years ago, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), together
with the US Public Health Service, jointly recommended that thimerosal, a
vaccine preservative that contains mercury, should be removed from vaccines—and
FDA complied except for the flu shot. Now the AAP has reversed itself and says
it wants the mercury left in. This could shift the FDA’s stance on the issue, and
might even bring back thimerosal into other US vaccines.
We fear that this decision, like AAP’s other recent decisions supporting
giving the HPV vaccine to boys, advocating cholesterol screening (and thus
cholesterol drugs) to kids, and recommending sweetened sports drinks for
children, were influenced not by the needs of children, but by the funding
needs of the organization.
Contact the AAP and ask them to reveal the names of all their donors—particularly the drug companies, vaccine manufacturers,
and junk food companies—together with the amount of each contribution and which
program area it was for.
Please reveal the names of ALL your donors!
Dear [Decision Maker],
Sincerely,[Your Name] [Your Address] [City, State ZIP]