Recommendations regarding the use of vaccines that contain thimerosal as a preservative

MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep. 1999 Nov 5;48(43):996-8.


On October 20, 1999, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) reviewed information about thimerosal in vaccines and received updates from CDC's National Immunization Program and several vaccine manufacturers on the current and anticipated availability of vaccines that do not contain thimerosal as a preservative. The review was prompted by a joint statement about thimerosal issued July 8, 1999, by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the Public Health Service (PHS) (1) and a comparable statement released by the American Academy of Family Physicians (2). These statements followed a Congressionally mandated Food and Drug Administration (FDA) review of mercury in drugs and food, which included a reassessment of the use of thimerosal in vaccines.

MeSH terms

  • Legislation, Drug
  • Mercury
  • Preservatives, Pharmaceutical* / standards
  • Risk
  • Thimerosal* / standards
  • United States
  • Vaccines / chemistry*
  • Vaccines / standards


  • Preservatives, Pharmaceutical
  • Vaccines
  • Thimerosal
  • Mercury