How safe is the H1N1 vaccine?

Rachel Muenz Writes About the New H1N1 Vaccine
Rachel Muenz Writes About the New H1N1 Vaccine – Photo Courtesy of

Rachel Muenz - Vaccine - September 8, 2009

By Rachel Muenz

A friend of my family, who is a nurse, and her colleagues have always refused to get flu shots. When their hospital tried to make the shots mandatory for all staff, they went to the union to put a stop to that plan.

They certainly won’t be getting the H1N1 vaccine when it arrives this fall.

Why? Because flu shots are full of toxins and they would rather take their chances with the flu. The H1N1 vaccine is no exception.

According to health articles on and the American Chronicle, the H1N1 vaccine now being tested contains cancer-causing substances like mercury, aluminum, and formaldehyde.

These articles also highlight two other worrisome chemicals found in the vaccine: thimerosal and squalene.

Thimerosal is a preservative containing mercury and is thought by some doctors and scientists to be a cause of autism though there is not enough scientific proof to be sure. Squalene is a natural substance used by the body for the nervous system and joints. And, while there is no solid evidence against squalene’s use in vaccines, some studies show it can cause many chronic health problems when injected.

Also, the vaccine is being put together very quickly and may not even be effective if the H1N1 virus mutates.

While trials are being done to ensure the vaccine is safe, it is troubling that even some nurses still don’t feel it’s safe enough to take.

It doesn’t seem worth the risk of developing cancer or other health problems for a virus doctors say will likely only make most people feel crummy for a week or so. Then again, there are so many toxins in everything nowadays that maybe avoiding the H1N1 vaccine won’t do much good either.

With files from – (, the American Chronicle ( and Wikipedia


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