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Health: Influenza Vaccines

Volume 704: debated on Wednesday 22 October 2008

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. [HL5621]

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.