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Thimerosal In Rabies Vaccines

Thimerosal is a mercury-based preservative which is nearly 50% mercury by weight. Thimerosal was first introduced in vaccines by Eli Lilly in the 1930’s. Thimerosal is a very inflammatory neurotoxin and genetic mutator and Pittman Moore Animal Pharmaceutical Company warned against its safety “even in dog serum” to Eli Lilly  Company in 1935. Pittman Moore found that over 50% of vaccinated dogs suffered inflammatory reactions to Thimerosal.
These safety issues were raised in Congressional testimony several times and the correspondence from Pittman Moore to Eli Lilly is a part of Congressional Hearings testimony on the dangers of mercury in vaccines.  Despite this, Thimerosal is still used as a preservative in a staggering number of vaccinations for both humans and dogs.

Symptoms of Mercury Poisoning

People who are exposed to mercury at levels above limits set by federal agencies such as the FDA and the EPA run the risk of mercury poisoning. Symptoms of mercury poisoning include:

  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Fatigue
  • Difficulty walking or speaking
  • Tremors
  • Attention deficit
  • Brain, lung, or kidney damage
  • Coma

Thimerosal Recall

There has been concern that mercury poisoning in young children is a direct cause of autism and this link has also been shown in animal research. These concerns are based on the similarities between the symptoms of mercury poisoning and autism. As a result, there was speculation that the thimerosal in vaccines may be connected to autism; however, an Institutes of Medicine report failed to substantiate these claims. Nevertheless, the Public Health Service agencies, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the vaccine manufacturers agreed that thimerosal should be eliminated from all pediatric vaccines, and the amount of thimerosal reduced in other vaccines.

Thimerosal (mercury) Free Vaccines

A few companies are making canine rabies vaccines that do not contain thimerosal. Merial makes a thimerosol-free rabies vaccine called IMRAB 3 TF (the 3 designates a 3-year vaccine, and TF stands for “thimersol free”). There is also a 1-year version, IMRAB 1 TF. Fort Dodge makes a thimerosol-free rabies vaccine called RABVAC 3 TF (while it is not listed on their web site,we did confirm with them that it is still available). Thimerosal is used in other vaccine products, but we don’t know of any specifically thimerosal free versions.  If you are vaccinating your dog for rabies, make sure you see the label of the vaccine and that the vaccine is thimerosal free.


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  • 27 Responses to Thimerosal In Rabies Vaccines

    1. We recently lost our dog after she received her rabies shot. Got her shot June 3ed died July 17.She died of Immune Medicated Hemolytic Anemia. WE will some day get another dog and I really don,t want to get a Rabie shot, What to do. Thank You for any information .

    2. don

      does California require Rabies vaccination? where can I find a good vet in La Quinta, Palm Desert who gives Thimersol free vaccines? Thanks

      • Dogs Naturally Magazine

        Every state in the US requires dogs to be vaccinated for rabies. We don’t have any vet recommendations in your area but you might search at http://www.ahvma.org for a more holistically minded vet who will work with you on this.

    3. gina mulder

      i cant find a vet who carries this and the one who could order it says i have to purchase the whole tray . i called the company and they would not speak to me because i was not a vet

    4. DogMom

      Having had dogs suffer from health problems caused by vaccines, my family has decided we will never again vaccinate a human or an animal. We’ve learned that mobile groomers do NOT require proof of vaccines. Here in CA, we use Fritzy’s Mobile Pet Grooming http://fritzyspetcarepros.com/Index.aspx. A friend of ours had trouble with the school district when she enrolled her daughter, who has never been vaccinated. She wrote a letter to the teacher, the school principal, and the school district asking them to provide a written guarantee that her daughter would not be harmed in any way by a vaccine, and then she would give her the vaccines they requested. They gave her an exemption since none are willing to be sued for vaccine damages.

    5. Eric Bryan

      I live in Trussville, Alabama and I have been unable to find any Vet offices that offer the IMRAB 3 TF vaccine. The only reason I’m considering a rabies vaccination is for grooming purposes. My dog is unwilling to let me trim/dremel his nails. I know the vet offices buy in bulk and most likely buy the cheapest vaccines. Is there another source I can get a TF vaccine from? Any suggestions? Thanks.

      • Dogs Naturally Magazine

        You could have the vet purchase the entire lot for you. You’ll have to pay for the whole lot but vaccines aren’t that expensive.

        • Patty

          I know that your answer was posted a while ago, but you suggested that we could have our vets order the whole lot….could you tell me, if you know, how much a lot of the IMRAB 3 TF would approximately cost?

          I don’t want to be lawless but I also don’t want to expose my dog to the dangers of Mercury…..

          ack! My son is going to school to become a paramedic….he had to be tittered to see if he got all his baby shots. He had to repeat a few vaccinations because he was showing a low immunity….it just makes me sick that thimerosal is in the vaccinations and I hate the fact that he has to have them done to pursue his career choice. It just makes you feel helpless in the decisions that you have to make.

    6. Hana

      Hi, I live in the middleeast and wanted to know, if I was to order a IMRAB 1 since the law regulates annual rabies vaccinations, will there also be side effects to this vaccine. How do I go about preventing them.Also, would it be possible to reduce the dosage instead of the entire one also given to large dogs.

      • Dogs Naturally Magazine

        Hana are you sure your area requires annual rabies vaccination? I would check again before you do anything and not with your vet: go straight to the top.

    7. Irene

      I’ve only gave puppy shots to my pets, did not give rabies, I also titer my babies……so there immunity is in very excellent shape…..my vet said my dogs are a high risk and she will not touch them if they dont have a rabies shot…….i’m getting rid of this vet. I need some advice as i dont want to put my puppies at risk of any kind, I know as a fact that innoculating is not the answer…….

    8. Ellen,
      I have some information that would be of help to you, send me an email if you are interested.

      • Patti

        I am interested in whatever information you have regarding Thimersol in vaccines.
        My son has autism and my new puppy needs a rabies vaccine.

        • VICKI

          Help is on the way… e-mail me Patti. I can get you to the person (CA) in Canada who can help you. Autism is curable and talk to CA before you take any action on a rabies vaccine.

          Contact me and I’ll send you the information you need for your son and your pup!

          Sent with love to all…

    9. Ellen Williams

      My 6 1/2 year female goldren retreiver Sophie was just diagnosed through a hair analaysis test as having high mercury, high aluminum and low minerals. This has compromised her immune system, endocrinology system as well as her mineral levels. What I think is interesting is that myself and entire family have all suffered from mercury poisoning. Everything Sophie was given from the vet is already in my pantry as far a vitamins go to bring her out of this horrible and tragic situation! What I think is interesting is I feed her a homemade raw diet with no carbs, the only vaccinations she has received was her puppy shots that the breeder provided. I have done titter testing on her and she has never had to have any other rabies shot or any other shots. The only thing the vet did not prescribe is N-Acctcystine, Activated Charcol and Lio Acid which I plan to put her on in slow ingrements so this mercury will leave her body!

      Any they say vacinations do not cause Autism, LD, ADD and other disabilities and diseases! Donlad Trump is finally coming out like the rest of us who have been tainted by these horrible vaccinations that contain more thimerosal aka mercury than a 1500 lb man could handle in one shot! I am not happy that we were poisoned and now my beautiful girl Sophie.

    10. Lydia Kawaler

      CDC deliberately manipulated, covered up scientific data showing link between vaccines containing mercury and autism, http://www.naturalnews.com/034038_vaccines_autism.html#ixzz1cYXpLHfe
      Deniers of the link between mercury-laden vaccines and autism are going to have a hard time denying the latest findings by the Coalition for Mercury-Free Drugs (CoMeD). The nonprofit group has obtained critical documents via a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request that exposes the US Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) role in deliberately lying about and manipulating a key Danish study that showed a clear link between vaccines containing mercury and autism. In 2003, the journal Pediatrics published a study conducted in Denmark that observed a significant decline in autism rates following the country’s elimination of Thimerosal, a mercury-based component, from vaccines. But thanks to the CDC’s corrupting influence, the published version of the study in Pediatrics actually claimed the opposite, and alleged that removal of Thimerosal brought about an increase in autism rates. According to the documents, CDC officials removed large amounts of data from the study that showed a decline in autism rates following the removal of Thimerosal. The agency then twisted the remaining data to imply an increase in autism rates following the removal of Thimerosal, and suggested that there was no link between Thimerosal and autism.

      Upon submission of the CDC’s tainted version of the study to Pediatrics, the study’s authors contacted CDC officials to let them know that the agency had incorrectly interpreted the data. They tried to tell the CDC that its figures and conclusions were wrong, and that corrections needed to be made.

      The CDC allegedly responded by saying that it would take a look at the incorrect data, but proceeded to submit the corrupted version of the study to Pediatrics anyway. After encouraging the editors of Pediatrics to perform an expedited review of the corrupted study, the CDC ended up convincing the journal to publish the fraudulent study, which it did in 2003.

    11. Karen Blackburn

      I have just come across this website and am grateful for your information regarding the presence of Thimerosal in the rabies vaccine. My beloved dog, a twelve-year-old terrier mix, suffered a severe reaction to the rabies vaccine this year (seizures, vomiting, diarrhea,etc), and nearly died. Now his allergies are worse than ever (and I have come to realize that his allergy problems are most likely related to vaccine damage to the immune system as well.)

      I have read that the homeopathic remedy Thuja can help pets that have been harmed by vaccines, and I am wondering if anyone has had a positive experience using Thuja for this purpose. Also, since Thimerosal is apparently in animal vaccines, would homeopathic mercury be of help for pets?

      Thank you for any information you may offer to help us.

      • Dogs Naturally
        Dogs Naturally

        There are about six primary remedies that address rabies miasm and vaccinosis, including Silicea, Calcarea carbonica, Lyssin, Belladonna and more. Thuja will only help your dog if it fits his ‘picture’. It would really be best to use a GOOD classical homeopath when treating rabies miasm in dogs. We heartily recommend Dr. Glen Dupree.

    12. The reason Rabvac3 TF was not found on the Fort Dodge website is because that product is now marketed by Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica. All three Rabvac vaccines are listed on their website where you can view the Master Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) for each: http://bi-vetmedica.com/products


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