Health: Influenza Vaccines

House of Lords written question – answered on 22nd October 2008.

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Photo of Lord Hodgson of Astley Abbotts Lord Hodgson of Astley Abbotts Conservative

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Whether any of the influenza vaccines being offered on the National Health Service to individuals aged over 65 contain thimerosal.

Photo of Lord Darzi of Denham Lord Darzi of Denham Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department of Health, Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health)

None of the influenza vaccines for the 2008-09 season contains thiomersal as an added preservative. One influenza vaccine (Fluvirin) states in its summary of product characteristics that it contains traces of thiomersal that are left over from the manufacturing process.

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