Are vaccines safe? "Make sure you get your children vaccinated before school starts. Make sure you get a flu shot before flu season starts." Once again these comments are frequent on the morning TV shows during August and early fall. So are vaccinations really safe? Maybe we should look at what is in a vaccination. Below is the fact sheet from the CDC (Centers for Disease Control) regarding vaccinations. As you will see common ingredients of vaccinations are aluminum, egg protein, antibiotics (except penicillin), MSG, mercury, and formaldehyde. MSG, aluminum, and mercury are toxic to the brain even in small amounts. MSG is an excitotoxin that crosses the blood brain barrier and kills neurons. Formaldehyde is a known carcinogenic. That means it causes cancer. Mercury has been shown to be linked to autism in studies outside this country. Studies linking mercury to autism in the U.S. have not shown significance. Keep in mind that a large amount of studies performed in the U.S. are backed by the very people who manufacture the drug or vaccine. According to the CDC, if you are allergic to eggs, you will be safe taking the vaccines that contain egg protein. Vaccines containing egg protein include the flu and yellow fever vaccines.
Are the risks of getting vaccinated worth the prevention? You'll have to decide yourself but I personally don't think the risks for flu vaccines are worth it unless maybe you are over 70 years old. The flu vaccine only protects you for specific strains of the flu, not all. There are safer ways to boost your immune system and prevent the flu. Take a good quality cod liver oil like Carlson's, Vitamin C with bioflavonoids, zinc, and multi-vitamin with minerals. Eat plenty of vegetables in the winter. I like soup with 4-5 vegetables. It's a good way to get many vegetables without losing the nutrients because you consume the broth. Always get a good night's sleep and exercise daily.
Vaccinated children tend to have more allergies and diseases. Vaccinations seem to hurt the immune system then help. However, they do prevent specific diseases. If you don't feel comfortable not vaccinating your children, insist that the vaccinations are spread out over several months or years. Getting several vaccinations at once not only wrecks havoc with the immune system but creates toxic overload because of all the additives. Same goes for your pets by the way. Spread out the vaccines and get the ones that are important only. In my opinion the serious side effects of the HPV vaccine are not worth the risk. And like the flu shot the HPV vaccine gives you a false since of security since it does not prevent all strains of HPV. Another vaccine with serious side effects is the Hepatitis B vaccine.
Below is the fact sheet copied from the CDC website.
Basics and Common Questions:Ingredients of Vaccines - Fact Sheet
On this page:
- What You Should Know
- Additional Facts
- What You Can Do
- For More Information
What You Should Know
- Millions of doses of vaccines are administered to children in this country each year. Ensuring that those vaccines are potent, sterile, and safe requires the addition of minute amounts of chemical additives.
- Chemicals are added to vaccines to inactivate a virus or bacteria and stabilize the vaccine, helping to preserve the vaccine and prevent it from losing its potency over time.
- The amount of chemical additives found in vaccines is very small.
- All routinely recommended pediatric vaccines manufactured for the U.S. market are available in formulations that contain no thimerosal or only trace amounts.
ingredients sorted by vaccine [50KB / 3 pages]
U.S. Vaccine excipients (inactive substance used as a carrier for the active ingredients of a medication) and media summary, part 2 from the "Pink Book"
Additives used in the production of vaccines may include
- suspending fluid (e.g. sterile water, saline, or fluids containing protein);
- preservatives and stabilizers to help the vaccine remain unchanged (e.g. albumin, phenols, and glycine); and
- adjuvants or enhancers to help the vaccine to be more effective.
- Aluminum gels or salts of aluminum which are
added as adjuvants to help the vaccine stimulate a better response. Adjuvants
help promote an earlier, more potent response, and more persistent immune
response to the vaccine.
See also: "Aluminum in Vaccines: What you should know" [ 579KB / 2 pages] Also available in Spanish [579KB / 2 pages]
- Antibiotics which are added to some vaccines to prevent the growth of germs (bacteria) during production and storage of the vaccine. No vaccine produced in the United States contains penicillin.
- Egg protein is found in influenza and yellow fever vaccines, which are prepared using chicken eggs. Ordinarily, persons who are able to eat eggs or egg products safely can receive these vaccines.
- Formaldehyde is used to inactivate bacterial products for toxoid vaccines, (these are vaccines that use an inactive bacterial toxin to produce immunity.) It is also used to kill unwanted viruses and bacteria that might contaminate the vaccine during production. Most formaldehyde is removed from the vaccine before it is packaged.
- Monosodium glutamate (MSG) and 2-phenoxy-ethanol which are used as stabilizers in a few vaccines to help the vaccine remain unchanged when the vaccine is exposed to heat, light, acidity, or humidity.
- Thimerosal is a mercury-containing preservative that is added to vials of vaccine that contain more than one dose to prevent contamination and growth of potentially harmful bacteria.
- To find out what chemical additives are in specific vaccines, ask your healthcare provider or pharmacist for a copy of the vaccine package insert, which lists all ingredients in the vaccine and discusses any known adverse reactions.
- To ensure the safety of vaccines, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and other Federal agencies routinely monitor and conduct research to examine any new evidence that would suggest possible problems with the safety of vaccines. To keep abreast of the latest information, continue to reference these materials.
- To report a health problem that followed vaccination you or your provider should call the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) at 1-800-822-7967.
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