Welcome! This is the seventh post in my vaccine series. You may have missed Getting Serious, 10 Bad Reasons Not to Vaccinate, Why “Science” Should Be Carefully Evaluated, What is Herd Immunity All About, How the Immune System Works, or Ingredients in Vaccines Part 1.
Last week we talked about the first half of the vaccine ingredients list — it was long, and crazy! Make sure you don’t miss that (linked above). This week we’re going to dive into the second half of the list. After we finish looking at the ingredients, we’ll be doing risk-benefit analysis of each disease and vaccine. We just need to know what’s in the vaccines first. 🙂
This is a preservative and an antibacterial, and it’s used in typhoid and pneumococcal. This is an extremely poisonous chemical, and it can cause colic, local irritation, corrosion, seizures, cardiac arrhythmias, shock, and respiratory arrest.
This is a pH indicator, and a dye. It is in rabies and rotavirus. It is a weak estrogenic mimic.
This is a preservative and a stabilizer, and it’s in DTaP, DTaP-Hib, B-IPV, Hep A, Hep A-Hep B, Ipol, Td. It is an extremely toxic chemical that can lead to central nervous system damage, vomiting, and diarrhea. Some sources also note that it can lead to behavioral disorders, drowsiness, visual disturbances, convulsions, rapid heart rate, depression, cardiopulmonary effects, kidney disorders, liver disorders, and blood disorders. It is very toxic and damages the kidneys, nervous system, and liver upon ingestion.
Include disodium phosphate, monosodium phosphate, potassium phosphate and others. It is used to balance pH. It is found in basically every vaccine — DTaP, DT, Hib, Hep A, Hep A – Hep B, Hep B, flu, measles, meningococcal, mumps, Ipol, rabies, rubella, MMR, MMRV, rotavirus, typhoid, varicella, shingles. May cause slight laxative effect.
This is an anti-foaming agent, and it is used in typhoid. It is silicone-based and considered chemically inert.
This is an antibacterial, and it’s in DTaP-Hib-IPV, flu, Ipol. This is an extremely dangerous drug that can cause neurotoxicity and kidney damage.
Polyoxyethelene 9-10 nonyl phenol
This is aon-ionic surfactant (viral inactivator), and it’s used in flu. It appears to be “safe” by the tests currently available.
Polyoxyethalated octyl phenol
This is a non-ionic surfactant (viral inactivator) and it’s used in flu. This appears toxic, and may cause severe headache, nausea, vomiting, and neurological effects.
This is a surfactant, and it is used in Hep A, and Hep A-Hep B. May cause damage to the liver, kidneys, and spleen, and in fragile individuals upon repeated injection can cause death.
This is a surfactant, and it is used in DTaP, DTaP-Hep B-IPV, DTaP-Hib, HPV, flu, rotavirus, Tdap. Very toxic. It is known to cause cancer, as well as heart attack, stroke, blood clots, anemia and heart failure. (And is, sadly, found in food coloring and many personal care products also!)
This is used to adjust pH, tonicity, medium nutrient. It is used in MMRV, rotavirus, and shingles. It is a benign form of salt.
This is a stabilizer, and it is used in rabies vaccine. It is related to MSG, and likely neurotoxic.
Serum, bovine calf
This is part of the growth medium, and it is in the shingles vaccine. There is a small chance of contamination with Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease (Mad Cow).
This is used to adjust pH, and it is in the MMRV vaccine. (It is just baking soda.)
This is used to adjust pH, and it is in Hep A, Hib-Hep B, HPV. This is borax, but it can be fatal at doses as low as 0.1 g/kg. It is toxic to all cells, especially kidneys.
This is used to adjust tonicity, and it is in “most vaccines.” (According to CDC data — and it is only table salt anyway.)
This is used to adjust pH, and it is in rotavirus. May cause a laxative effect in large doses, but generally harmless.
This is a medium nutrient (from the growth medium), and it is in rotavirus. It is a form of baking soda.
This is used to adjust pH, and is found in rotavirus, Td, and DT. It is also known as lye, and can cause permanent scarring and tissue damage.
This is a medium nutrient, and it’s found in rotavirus. It may cause kidney damage.
This is a medium nutrient, and it’s found in rotavirus. May cause weight loss, and if injected in large doses, cardiac arrest and death.
This is a stabilizer and solvent, and it’s used for measles, mumps, rotavirus, rubella, MMR, MMRV, and yellow fever. May affect heart and kidneys and should not be injected.
This is an antibacterial, and it’s used in Ipol and vaccinia (small pox). May cause dizziness, lightheadedness, decreased urination, and potential kidney damage.
This is a stabilizer (and a medium nutrient for rotavirus), and it is used in DTaP-Hib, Hib, flu, measles, mumps, MMR, MMRV, rotavirus, typhoid oral, varicella, shingles. This is table sugar.
This is a preservative, and it is used in multi-dose vials of DTaP, DTaP-Hib, DT, Td, Hib, meningococcal, rabies. Some single dose containers also have trace amounts because the vaccines were prepared with thimerosal and it was “removed” in the final stages. It’s hard to find unbiased information on this because there has been so much controversy surrounding it for years now. Most “official” sources simply highlight how “safe” it is because parents are so worried. This is unhelpful.
The material safety data sheet notes that it may be toxic to the kidneys, liver, spleen, bone marrow and central nervous system. It may accumulate in the organs and cause general deterioration of health. Animal studies suggest it may cause cancer, and may affect the female reproductive system. Some studies suggest that mercury is not easily cleared from the body and may enter the brain, causing neurological damage.
Toccopherol hydrogen succinate
This is a component of the growth medium, and it is used in the flu vaccine. It’s a form of vitamin E.
This is a medium nutrient, and it is in rotavirus. This is an amino acid.
This is a stabilizer, and it is found in varicella. It’s found in urine, but is also synthesized in a lab. It can be used to induce abortion, among other things.
These are components of the growth medium, and they are found in anthrax, rabies, Td, and rotavirus.
This is a thickening agent (“xanthan gum,” as in gluten-free baking) and it is in rotavirus. Small doses are safe; large doses have a laxative effect.
This is a component of the growth medium, and it is found in DTaP-Hep B-IPV, Hep A-Hep B, Hep B, Hib, Hib-Hep B.
Whew! That was long. And a lot of information. But now you know what is in vaccines.
When you are at a doctor’s office, if you are considering a particular vaccine, please ask to see the package insert that comes with the vaccine. This will tell you which ingredients are in the particular brand. Although I did not note it here, there are several different brands of many of these vaccines, and not all ingredients are found in all brands. It is also possible that the CDC’s website is not up to date, if a company has recently changed their formula.
It is good practice to ask to the see the full package insert for any vaccine or other prescription before accepting it. These are required to have all the “fine print” on possible side effects, warnings, contraindications, etc. It sometimes happens that a doctor overlooks something important and prescribes medications that should not be used together. Please ask for this information every time, and read it thoroughly, and go over any questions you have with your doctor.
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