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There is an old saying that you are what you eat. Today, many more people understand the importance of reading food ingredient labels. We check for chemicals, trans fat and sugar content, whether or not the food has been genetically modified, and how full of vitamins and nutrients the food is before we buy it. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
By federal law, drug companies selling vaccines in the U.S. must publish information about vaccine ingredients in the manufacturer package insert that comes with vials of vaccines shipped to doctors’ offices, public health clinics and pharmacies. 12
The Centers for Disease Control also publishes a list of vaccine ingredients. 13 Here are some of the ingredients that may be in the vaccines your doctor recommends:
- live weakened viruses 14
- killed bacteria 15
- aluminum 16 17 18
- mercury 19 20 21
- formaldehyde 22 23 24 25
- phenol 26 27 28 29
- sodium borate 30 31 32
- Polysorbate 80 33 34 35 36
- Triton x-100 37 38 39 40
- Hydrocortisone 41
- Sugar 42 43 44
- Yeast 45 46
- milk and egg protein 47 48 49 50 51 52
- virus like protein particles 53 54 55
- MSG 56 57 58
- Gelatin 59 60
- squalene 61 62
- antibiotics 63 64 65 66 67
- calf serum 68 69
- human, animal and insect DNA. 70 71 72 73 74 75 76 77 78
Even though these ingredients in vaccines may be in small amounts, not every ingredient has been adequately tested for negative effects on the brain and immune system. 79 80 81 82 And because every person is unique, with a different genetic 83 and epigenetic heritage, 84 a different microbiome, 85 86 and a different health history, not every person reacts the same way to vaccine ingredients. 87 88
Before you take a risk, find out what it is. It’s your health, your family, your choice.
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11 Nagao M, Fujisawa T et al. Highly increased levels of IgE antibodies to vaccine components in children with influenza vaccine associated anaphylaxis. J Allergy Clin Immunol 2016; 137(3): 861-867.
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15 Van den Biggelaar AHJ, Poolman JT. Live-Attenuated and Inactivated Whole-Cell Bacterial Vaccines. In: Vaccine Analysis, Strategies, Principles and Control. (pp. 139-186). Nov. 28, 2014 (online).
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18 FDA. Common Ingredients in US Licensed Vaccines: Why is aluminum in some vaccines? Jan. 8, 2018.
19 Burbacher TM, Shen DD et al. Comparison of Blood and Brain Mercury Levels in Infant Monkeys Exposed to Methylmercury or Vaccines Containing Thimerosal. National Center for Biotechnology Information, U.S. National Library of Medicine Apr. 21, 2005.
20 Marques RC, Dorea JG et al. Hair mercury in breast-fed infants exposed to thimerosal-preserved vaccines. Eur J Pediatr 2007.
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50 Rangel AHDH, Sales DC et al. Lactose intolerance and cow’s milk protein allergy. Food Science and Technology Jan. 19, 2016 (online).
51 DeSilva R, Dasanayake WMDK et al. Sensitization to bovine serum albumin as a possible cause of allergic reactions to vaccines. Vaccine 2017; 35(11): 1494-1500.
54 Naskalaska M, Pyrc K. Virus Like Particles as Immunogens and Universal Nanocarriers. Polish Journal of Microbiology 2015; 64(1): 3-13.
55 U.S. Dept. of Commerce. Assessing the Environmental, Health and Safety Impact of Nanoparticles. National Institute of Standards and Technology July 13, 2017.
58 Appaiah KM. Chapter 3 – Monosodium Glutamate in Foods and Its Biological Effects. In: Ensuring Global Food Safety (pp.217-220). Jan. 29, 2010 (online).
59 Pool V, Braun MM et al. Prevalence of anti-gelation IGE antibodies in people with anaphylaxis after measles-mumps-rubella vaccine in the United States. Pediatrics 2002; 110(6): e71.
62 Kuroda Y, Nacionales DC et al. Autoimmunity induced by adjuvant hydrocarbon oil components of vaccine. Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy 2004; 58(5): 325-0337.
63 Ruiz JT, Lujan L et al. Adjuvants – and vaccines-induced autoimmunity: animal models. Immunologic Research 2017; 65(1): 55-65.
69 FDA. Bovine Derived Materials Used in Vaccine Manufacturing: Questions and Answers. Aug. 15, 2013.
71 Deisher TA, Doan NV et al. Epidemiologic and Molecular Relationship Between Vaccine Manufacture and Autism Spectrum Disorder Prevalence. Issues in Law & Medicine 2015; 30(1): 47-70.
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73 Fisher BL. Use of Insect Cells for Influenza Vaccine Production. NVIC Public Comment: FDA Vaccines & Related Biological Products Advisory Committee Nov. 29, 2009.
75 FDA. Guidance for Industry: Characterization and Qualification of Cell Substrates and other Biological Material used in the Production of Viral Vaccines for Infectious Diseases. FDA Center for Biologics Evaluation & Research (CBER) February 2010.
76 FDA. Information on Gardasil – Presence of DNA Fragments Expected, No Safety Risk. Oct. 21, 2011.
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82 National Vaccine Information Center. NVIC Calls 21st Century Cures Act ”A Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing” and Urges Presidential Veto to Protect Public Health. NVIC Press Release: Dec. 8, 2016.
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85 The Human Microbiome Project Consortium. Structure, function and diversity of the healthy human microbiome. Nature 2012; 486: 207-214.
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