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Ingredients in Vaccines, Part 2

admin March 21, 2012


Ingredients in Vaccines, Part 2

Welcome!  This is the seventh post in my vaccine series.  You may have missed Getting Serious10 Bad Reasons Not to VaccinateWhy “Science” Should Be Carefully EvaluatedWhat 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. 🙂

The Ingredients


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.

Phenol Red

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.

Phosphate buffers

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.

Polymixin B

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.

Polysorbate 20

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.

Polysorbate 80

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!)

Potassium Chloride

This is used to adjust pH, tonicity, medium nutrient.  It is used in MMRV, rotavirus, and shingles.  It is a benign form of salt.

Potassium Glutamate

This is a stabilizer, and it is used in rabies vaccine.  It is related to MSG, and likely neurotoxic.

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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).

Sodium Acetate

This is used to adjust pH, and it is in the DT and Td vaccines.  It is an electrolyte needed by the body.

Sodium Bicarbonate

This is used to adjust pH, and it is in the MMRV vaccine.  (It is just baking soda.)

Sodium Borate

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.

Sodium Chloride

This is used to adjust tonicity, and it is in “most vaccines.”  (According to CDC data — and it is only table salt anyway.)

Sodium Citrate

This is used to adjust pH, and it is in rotavirus.  May cause a laxative effect in large doses, but generally harmless.

Sodium Deoxycholate

This is an anionic surfactant (viral inactivator), which is found in flu vaccine. May cause disruption in muscle and fat cells.

Sodium Hydrogenocarbonate

This is a medium nutrient (from the growth medium), and it is in rotavirus.  It is a form of baking soda.

Sodium Hydroxide

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.

Sodium Phosphate

This is a medium nutrient, and it’s found in rotavirus.  It may cause kidney damage.

Sodium Pyruvate

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.

Vitamins (unspecified)

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.

Yeast Protein

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.

Final “Warning”

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.

Are you concerned about any of the ingredients in vaccines?

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  1. […] Welcome!  This is the eighth 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, Ingredients in Vaccines Part 1 or Ingredients in Vaccines, Part 2. […]


  2. […] What is Herd Immunity All About, How the Immune System Works, Ingredients in Vaccines Part 1, Ingredients in Vaccines, Part 2, or Risk-Benefit Analysis: […]


  3. […] Ingredients in Vaccines Part 2 – Modern Alternative Mama […]


  4. Question about the method of ‘consumption’ for those ingredients with possible dangers. Are these the risks if injected directly into the body? Or are they the risks of consuming these ingredients orally? It would seem to be most helpful if these are the possible risks via injection, but I just wanted to clarify for myself if there is a distinction made in the research that you know of. Thanks! This has been SO informative!


  5. […] Welcome!  This is the eighth 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, Ingredients in Vaccines Part 1 or Ingredients in Vaccines, Part 2. […]


  6. […] What is Herd Immunity All About, How the Immune System Works, Ingredients in Vaccines Part 1, Ingredients in Vaccines, Part 2, Risk-Benefit Analysis: MMR, or Risk-Benefit Analysis: […]


  7. Wow, I didn’t even know they had inserts you could read!!! I am soo happy my sister got me on your site. my kid is almost at the two month mark. we already said no to many of the vaccines but had reservations about a few of them as to should he get them or not. this info is what I wished I had in College back when I had to write “controversial” papers.


  8. […] They state that there is aluminum in seven of vaccines listed on recommended schedule for children.  For a list of vaccine ingredients part 1 (click here) & part 2 (click here) […]


  9. […] At least ask to see the pamphlets so u are aware of what u are putting in your/your children’s bodies… […]


  10. My baby and I were injured by vaccines in 2007. He suffered from cellulitis, fever, seizures, and encephalitis from his 3 vaccines given – DTaP, IPV, and HIB. He had extensive damage to his central nervous system/brain and would later be diagnosed with Autism. He was so severely injured that our local early intervention also thought he might have some sort of neurodegenerative disorder too that needed to be investigated – their impression was his brain was turning to “mush” – on top of the Autism and seizures. Thankfully they didn’t tell me this until much later – after they witnessed his miraculous recovery…..

    I suffered from hearing loss and dangerously high blood pressure (almost died) – after a Rubella shot 3 days after he was born, but never connected it to the vaccine because of the excuses the doctors gave me. Never connected the dots until my son was injured so many months later.

    After all of this happened to my son and I that year, I then began to investigate vaccines extensively and did not like what I found. I researched info put out by the CDC, FDA, medical journals, pharmaceutical companies and many other “legitimate entities”……Based on all of that information – I decided to never vaccinate my loved ones again. I also found out during my investigation that my infant was given an ingredient in one of his vaccines called “phenoxyethanol”. During that same year that he was injected, the FDA recalled a nursing mother’s nipple cream called “Mommy’s Bliss” because they felt this ingredient was far too dangerous for infants – it could kill them or injure their nervous sytem if they ingested even minute amounts off a mom’s breast while nursing? When I called the drug company about my son being injected with it, they apologized and said we must have gotten what was last on the shelves – they aren’t required to recall vaccines??!! So, 7 years ago, this ingredient was in just 1 vaccine. Today? It is now in 5 different vaccines given to babies! To make matters worse, all of the injuries we sustained were all listed as “side effects” to the vaccines we were given – including Autism. Yes, Autism “was” listed as a side effect to a DTaP vaccine called Tripedia, but after the public got wind of it, it was removed. Many websites still have the original package insert though.

    Fast forward 7 years – my hearing hasn’t recovered, but my baby has- by the grace of God. He is my walking miracle. God showed me what I needed to do to save my son and today – he is seizure/Autism free! I cannot even begin to explain though the nightmare that we went through – emotionally, financially, physically, etc. Very draining. There were numerous times that I just felt like I couldn’t continue, but God gave me strength to see it through. Some day I will write a book. I would like to be compensated the $40k that my family had to spend to recover my son.

    I never knew that vaccines were a sin either. God clearly warns us in the Bible not to drink the blood of diseased animals because if we do disease will ensue- well, we aren’t drinking it, we are shooting it directly into our bloodstreams. Vaccines can only be made with tissue, DNA, and blood from either diseased animals or aborted babies. These disgusting ingredients are needed to “harvest” the vaccines. Science is now showing they alter our DNA – they delete and rearrange entire chromosomes – God’s once perfect blueprint of us. Think – cancer, genetic diseases, the list goes on and on.

    Sorry for writing a book…..I will just close with this – I have read every book, watched every movie out there – and to simplify it – there are 2 books that I highly recommend for vaccine research – “Fear of the Invisible” by Janine Roberts and “Vaccine Safety Manual” by Neil Z. Miller. These books will forever change your opinion on vaccines. These vaccines aren’t just harming our children – the pathogens in vaccines (adenoviruses, lentiviruses, retroviruses, staph/strep bacteria) are sexually transmitted and genetic. I hope and pray that people will be inspired to get educated after hearing about just one family’s nightmare. Trust me, there are so many more injured victims out there – trying to tell their stories too. Please listen to them.


  11. What, if any, are the dangers in getting the Typhoid Vaccinne. Either shot or oral?

    Is there a better, safer way, such as homeopathic remedies, etc?

    We’re on our way to Africa!

    Thanks for your input.


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