in New York
Moves To Ban
Mercury In Vaccines
Huntington - Suffolk
Steven Stern (D-Huntington) 16th LD, Vice-Chair of the
& Human Services Committee, introduced legislation today in the
County Legislature that if approved, will require County Health
utilize mercury-free vaccinations only administered to pregnant women
children three and under. As many special needs families know, the use
mercury in vaccinations has long been suspected as a possible
certain developmental disabilities, including the autism spectrum.
"Although there has been no study producing a definitive direct link,
there is compelling research to raise serious and legitimate concerns,"
Stern said. "As a parent of young children myself, I would always
be safe than sorry," Stern said.
Currently, there is New York State
legislation that will place limits on the amount of mercury in
However, Stern noted that the New York State
law still allows for some amounts of mercury. Stern¹s bill would
level. New York
doesn't take effect until
2008. "We must act now. With 1 in 166 children being diagnosed with
autism, a profound tragedy of epidemic proportions is upon us and we
with a sense of urgency," said Stern. " As with any health crisis, we
must always consider both services for treatment and methods for
prevention," Stern explained. " I will always support programs for
special needs families, but we also need prevention. This legislation
just a ban, but a call to action," said Stern.
Legislator Jack Eddington
(D-Patchogue) 7th LD, who is a co-sponsor of the bill added, "This
has a history of acting proactively to protect its citizens. This is
instance where Suffolk
take the lead
and act in the best interest of its youngest residents. Even if it is a
chance that mercury-laden vaccines cause autism, it is not a chance
taking when mercury free alternatives are available, " Eddington said.
treasurer of Advocates for Children¹s Health Affected by Mercury
(A-CHAMP) said "Something is fundamentally broken at the FDA and CDC
we are fortunate that we have local legislators who have the foresight
courage to do what is necessary
protect our children from unnecessary
exposure to mercury in vaccines."
of the Long Island Chapter of the National Autism Association and the
a six year old with autism said, "I am very proud that the members of
legislature are taking on this
issue and care about their constituents. The safety of thimerosal has
proven beyond a shadow of a doubt and keeping it out of vaccines is the
thing to do especially since autism is epidemic."
Legislator Elie Mystal
(D-Amityville) 15th LD, who is the Chairman of the Health & Human
Committee, said "This legislation is an example of what County
is all about: protecting the health and safety of our citizens."
In addition to this
has also introduced Memorializing Resolution M 035, which will be
the Legislature next month, in support of the federal "Combating Autism
Act" of 2005.
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