The constituents of vaccines are a bit scary in and of themselves, especially when you realize they are going into 7 lb. infants, or 18 lb. toddlers. I am not anti-vaccination. Neither am I pro-vaccination. I’ve been checking out this issue for fifteen years. I’ve talked with parents that are certain that a vaccination caused their children’s autism. I’ve also talked with pros who are equally certain that vaccinations do not cause autism or any other developmental disorder.
So, let’s just begin with something basic. What is in a vaccination?
1) Antigens: The infectious agent will be the primary constituent of each vaccine. These include antigens including hepatitis B, diphtheria, pertussis (whooping cough), tetanus (DTP), haemophilus influenzae B (Hib), inactivated polio virus (IPV), and pneumococcal antigen (one reason for pneumonia).
2) Aluminum: This can be used to increase the antigenic response by trapping the antigen and resulting in a slow launch of it. Aluminum within the blood is associated with allergy, motor paralysis, local numbness, fatty degeneration of kidneys and liver, learning disabilities, dementia, and seizures.
3) Formaldehyde: This can be used to inactivate the bacterial and viral antigens. Contact with formaldehyde is assigned to cancer, vertigo, coma, and death. There is no known threshold level below which there is not just a threat of cancer.
4) Thimerosal: Also called merthiolate, thimerosal hails from mercury and has been used as a preservative and disinfectant in vaccines. Mercury is probably the most potent neurotoxins recognized to humans. In July 1999, the FDA requested that manufacturers of vaccines remove thimerosal from U.S. licensed vaccines. This occurred after it was stated that cumulative exposure of infants to mercury during the first six months of life exceeded EPA guidelines. Thimersol is still found in flu vaccines as well as in vaccines distributed in other countries. Recent research is showing that thimerosal is a lot more prevalent in vaccines now than it absolutely was in 1999!
5) Other Components: These include phenol which is used in the extraction procedure for making vaccines and is an extremely toxic substance based on coal tar that may cause shock, convulsions, cardiac failure, kidney failure, and death. Ethanol, methanol, isopropyl and two phenoxyethanol are alcohols that are used as antiseptics to hinder the development and reproduction of microorganisms in vaccines. And and then there are the unwanted or unknown components which simply occur during the process. It is actually particularly difficult to establish factors behind side effects due to these unknown substances.
So, what are we to make of this? I’m not sure. Does it mean vaccines are unsafe? I don’t know. Are these substances I might knowingly inject into my own children’s bloodstreams? No — not without some solid, compelling evidence that it would be to their benefit.
Vaccine proponents repeat the evidence of benefit is clear. Vaccine opponents repeat the evidence of benefit is far from clear which the science behind vaccinations is pretty shabby. Before making a choice, weigh the sumlds carefully. On the pro side of vaccinations, visit the Centers for Disease Control (cdc.gov). For your con side of vaccinations, check out the National Vaccine Information Center (nvic.org).