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Parents and Mercury

Some household items may contain mercury. If a spill occurs in the home, children and adults may be exposed to mercury vapor. There are steps that parents can take to protect themselves and their children from exposures to mercury:

Knowing the potential health effects, sources of mercury and mercury alternatives will help you avoid unnecessary exposure.

ATSDR Report on Children's Exposure to Mercury. A former industrial building in New Jersey used to manufacture mercury thermometers was converted in 2004 to a children's day care facility. Children and adults at the facility were exposed to residual amounts of mercury. As a result, Congress directed the U.S. Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) to further investigate and characterize these kinds of exposures. Read about ATSDR's February 2009 report "Children's Exposure to Elemental Mercury: A National Review of Exposure Events".

Mercury, Thimerosal and Vaccines

Some parents are concerned about the use of thimerosal, a mercury-containing preservative, in vaccines. To learn more:

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