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Are Vaccines really safe?

Updated on June 13, 2013

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Around the world, vaccination plays a central role in public health. Regardless of whether vaccination is officially mandatory, most of the population generally consider it so. People tend to trust these shots will be beneficial for themselves and their families unquestioningly, so they don't bother to do any research about vaccination.

There are however a small minority of people who have some serious concerns about immunizations. One of the most popular and controversial arguments against vaccination is that shots have a link to the rise of Autism in recent decades. People who make this claim often look at the matter as a conspiracy involving the government, big pharmaceutical companies, and mainstream medicine.

For decades, we have known about the dangers of Mercury. Many people today believe Mercury is no longer used as a preservative in vaccines, but this is not true. Several of the recommended vaccines contain something called Thimerosal, which is in fact Mercury. They also often contain Aluminum and other toxins. (You can check a lists of ingredients used to manufacture vaccines at the bottom of this hub. )

Vaccines and Autism

Whether the link between vaccines and Autism is causal remains a matter of intense debate. Researchers cite statistics which do indicate a suspicious link though.

In the mid-80's, the average rate of Autism in America was reportedly 1 in about 1,000 or more. Today, it is more like 1 in every 100 children. Several other industrialized places have similar statistics, like in Europe, the UK, Australia, and even Israel. From the 80's until today, the number of vaccines recommended for children under age 5 has more than doubled.

Many parents of Autistic children have been speaking out about the toxins in vaccines, such as Jenny McCarthy. They are not wholly "anti-vaccination", they simply want pharmaceutical companies to stop making shots with toxic materials in them.

They are also very disappointed in the mainstream medical community and their government's regulatory agencies, for not responding properly to this issue. The Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) in America, which is run by the CDC and FDA, doesn't seem to take incoming reports very seriously. Some parents also claim their child's pediatrician refused to admit injuries were caused by vaccines and failed to report to VAERS.

Vaccines, Depopulation and Global Governance

Among vaccination researchers and advocates, the moderates tend to believe profit is at the root of the conspiracy and/or those who have been promoting toxic vaccines can't afford to admit their mistakes. There are, of course, others who theorize a much more nefarious purpose.

Chicago-area radiologist, Dr. David Ayoub, seems to agree with parents like Jenny McCarthy, but he suggests there is a global agenda to use vaccines for depopulation.

He shares some very thought-provoking links between the National Security Study Memorandum (overpopulation report) and the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunisation (GAVI), which is funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation, the United Nations and others.  

This is a very widespread (and murky) topic, which many people give no more than a fleeting glance. If there is any truth behind the vaccination conspiracy, people around the world ought to be aware of it, so they can decide for themselves which vaccines are acceptable and necessary for their families.

Measles, Mumps, and Rubella Vaccine

The MMR vaccine is one of the most controversial vaccines on the market and gets fierce opposition for many different reasons. The MMR vaccine is given to children at the age of one year, followed by a second injection around the age of four or five.

The main controversy surrounding the MMR vaccine is it's connection to Autism. Some parents with autistic children have reported an almost immediate change in their child's behavior after having their MMR vaccination and before their child was diagnosed as having autism.

The world health organization (WHO) and most other healthcare authorities claim, it is only possible to diagnose autism in a child over the age of 18 months and because of this, parents mistakenly make the connection to the MMR vaccine. They vigorously claim there is no DIRECT link between the MMR vaccine and Autism.

The word 'DIRECT' is key here because it's been proven that a child has to have a predetermined condition first before there is a link between MMR and autism. Granted, this predetermined condition is related to neuro development and it was shown that every child with this condition, later developed autism after an MMR vaccination. Some would say that the predetermined condition could in itself be an early sign of autism but as of yet, nobody has been able to prove that fact. Because nobody can prove this predetermined condition is an early sign of autism there has to remain a DIRECT connection between MMR and Autism declared as this is the only safe option to take however, as I've said, the world health organization vigorously deny this connection because of the predetermined condition.

Another reason why the MMR vaccination is so controversial is because some people believe it is simply wrong to inject a child with three live viruses at such a critical time in their early development. At such a young age the immune system is still very weak and some consider it very unwise to tamper with this very important and delicate process.

It's been reported that having these MMR vaccinations can trash a child's immune system and leave them susceptible to all kinds of illnesses for the rest of their life. Some of the most angry opposition to the MMR vaccine come from people who claim that these vaccines are designed to leave people dependant on the pharmaceutical companies for their drugs. They say it's all about securing their customers for the future because they've reduced the effectiveness of our natural immune system.

Swine Flu Vaccine H1N1

There have been countless conspiracies surrounding the recent Swine Flu outbreak and just as many conspiracies surrounding the Swine Flu vaccine H1N1.

Most people were afraid to take the H1N1 vaccine because in 1976 there was also a swine flu outbreak and the vaccine they produced to fight the virus turned into a disaster with thousands of people getting sick and some people even dying as a direct result of the vaccination. It has also been reported to have caused permanent neurological damage in some people.

Some 48 million people took the vaccine back in 1976 but the recent Swine Flu vaccine turned into a public relations nightmare for the government because most people were not taking their advice this time around and simply refusing to get vaccinated. There was even a lot of very serious debate about making the vaccine mandatory, due to the fact that so many people were refusing it.

The world health organization finally decided to incorporate the H1N1 vaccine into the seasonal flu jabs that most people take every year as winter approaches. This move has angered thousands of people because their choice has been taken away from them. The world health organization claim they were simply following their yearly protocol of creating a seasonal flu jab that fights the strains of flu which are most prevalent at that time.

On a side note, a slightly paranoid person might look at the name 'SWINE FLU' and interpret it as a 'PIG FLYING'. It does make you think, especially when we have lots of people claiming that swine flu has to be a man-made virus. Could the powers that be be mocking us? For their sake's, I seriously hope not because some things are just unforgivable.

So do you take the risk?

It's a question we all need to ask ourselves but is this actually the right question to ask? I would say NO. The real question should be, who do you trust? Do you trust your government? and do you trust the world health organization? and do you trust the pharmaceutical companies?

They haven't made it easy for us, that's for sure but only you can answer these questions.

Below I have added a complete list of every added (non-active) ingredient that goes into each vaccine. You will see, some of the ingredients are pretty random and weird whereas others like Thimerosal (mercury) and Aluminum are very worrying.

List of 'non-active' Ingredients for the Formulation of Vaccines

Anthrax (BioThrax)
Aluminum Hydroxide, Amino Acids, Benzethonium Chloride, Formaldehyde or Formalin, Inorganic Salts and Sugars, Vitamins
BCG (Tice)
Asparagine, Citric Acid, Lactose, Glycerin, Iron Ammonium Citrate, Magnesium Sulfate, Potassium Phosphate
DTaP (Daptacel)
Aluminum Phosphate, Ammonium Sulfate, Casamino Acid, Dimethyl-beta-cyclodextrin, Formaldehyde or Formalin, Glutaraldehyde, 2-Phenoxyethanol
DTaP (Infanrix)
Aluminum Hydroxide, Bovine Extract, Formaldehyde or Formalin, Glutaraldhyde, 2-Phenoxyethanol, Polysorbate 80
DTaP (Tripedia)
Aluminum Potassium Sulfate, Ammonium Sulfate, Bovine Extract, Formaldehyde or Formalin, Gelatin, Polysorbate 80, Sodium Phosphate, Thimerosal
DTaP/Hib (TriHIBit)
Aluminum Potassium Sulfate, Ammonium Sulfate, Bovine Extract, Formaldehyde or Formalin, Gelatin, Polysorbate 80, Sucrose, Thimerosal
DTaP-IPV (Kinrix)
Aluminum Hydroxide, Bovine Extract, Formaldehyde, Lactalbumin Hydrolysate, Monkey Kidney Tissue, Neomycin Sulfate, Polymyxin B, Polysorbate 80
DTaP-HepB-IPV (Pediarix)
Aluminum Hydroxide, Aluminum Phosphate, Bovine Protein, Lactalbumin Hydrolysate, Formaldehyde or Formalin, Glutaraldhyde, Monkey Kidney Tissue, Neomycin, 2-Phenoxyethanol, Polymyxin B, Polysorbate 80, Yeast Protein
DtaP-IPV/Hib (Pentacel)
Aluminum Phosphate, Bovine Serum Albumin, Formaldehyde, Glutaraldhyde, MRC-5 DNA and Cellular Protein, Neomycin, Polymyxin B Sulfate, Polysorbate 80, 2-Phenoxyethanol,
DT (sanofi)
Aluminum Potassium Sulfate, Bovine Extract, Formaldehyde or Formalin, Thimerosal (multi-dose) or Thimerosal (single-dose)
DT (Massachusetts)
Aluminum Hydroxide, Formaldehyde or Formalin
Hib (ACTHib)
Ammonium Sulfate, Formaldehyde or Formalin, Sucrose
Hib (Hiberix)
Formaldehyde or Formalin, Lactose
Hib (PedvaxHib)
Aluminum Hydroxyphosphate Sulfate
Hib/Hep B (Comvax)
Amino Acids, Aluminum Hydroxyphosphate Sulfate, Dextrose, Formaldehyde or Formalin, Mineral Salts, Sodium Borate, Soy Peptone, Yeast Protein
Hep A (Havrix)
Aluminum Hydroxide, Amino Acids, Formaldehyde or Formalin, MRC-5 Cellular Protein, Neomycin Sulfate, 2-Phenoxyethanol, Phosphate Buffers, Polysorbate
Hep A (Vaqta)
Aluminum Hydroxyphosphate Sulfate, Bovine Albumin or Serum, DNA, Formaldehyde or Formalin, MRC-5 Cellular Protein, Sodium Borate
Hep B (Engerix-B)
Aluminum Hydroxide, Phosphate Buffers, Thimerosal*, Yeast Protein
Hep B (Recombivax)
Aluminum Hydroxyphosphate Sulfate, Amino Acids, Dextrose, Formaldehyde or Formalin, Mineral Salts, Potassium Aluminum Sulfate, Soy Peptone, Yeast Protein
HepA/HepB (Twinrix)
Aluminum Hydroxide, Aluminum Phosphate, Amino Acids, Dextrose, Formaldehyde or Formalin, Inorganic Salts, MRC-5 Cellular Protein, Neomycin Sulfate, 2-Phenoxyethanol, Phosphate Buffers, Polysorbate 20, Thimerosal, Vitamins, Yeast Protein
Human Papillomavirus (HPV) (Cerverix)
3-O-desacyl-4-monophosphoryl lipid A (MPL), Aluminum Hydroxide, Amino Acids, Insect Cell Protein, Mineral Salts, Sodium Dihydrogen Phosphate Dihydrate, Vitamins
Human Papillomavirus (HPV) (Gardasil)
Amino Acids, Amorphous Aluminum Hydroxyphosphate Sulfate, Carbohydrates, L-histidine, Mineral Salts, Polysorbate 80, Sodium Borate, Vitamins
Influenza (Afluria)
Beta-Propiolactone, Calcium Chloride, Neomycin, Ovalbumin, Polymyxin B, Potassium Chloride, Potassium Phosphate, Sodium Phosphate, Sodium Taurodeoxychoalate
Influenza (Agriflu)
Cetyltrimethylammonium Bromide (CTAB), Egg Protein, Formaldehyde or Formalin, Kanamycin, Neomycin Sulfate, Polysorbate 80
Influenza (Fluarix)
Egg Albumin (Ovalbumin), Egg Protein, Formaldehyde or Formalin, Gentamicin, Hydrocortisone, Octoxynol-10, α-Tocopheryl Hydrogen Succinate, Polysorbate 80, Sodium Deoxycholate, Sodium Phosphate, Thimerosal
Influenza (Flulaval)
Egg Albumin (Ovalbumin), Egg Protein, Formaldehyde or Formalin, Sodium Deoxycholate, Phosphate Buffers, Thimerosal
Influenza (Fluvirin)
Beta-Propiolactone , Egg Protein, Neomycin, Polymyxin B, Polyoxyethylene 9-10 Nonyl Phenol (Triton N-101, Octoxynol 9), Thimerosal (multidose containers), Thimerosal* (single-dose syringes)
Influenza (Fluzone)
Egg Protein, Formaldehyde or Formalin, Gelatin, Octoxinol-9 (Triton X-100), Thimerosal (multidose containers)
Influenza (FluMist)
Chick Kidney Cells, Egg Protein, Gentamicin Sulfate, Monosodium Glutamate, Sucrose Phosphate Glutamate Buffer
IPV (Ipol)
Calf Serum Protein, Formaldehyde or Formalin, Monkey Kidney Tissue, Neomycin, 2-Phenoxyethanol, Polymyxin B, Streptomycin
Japanese Encephalitis (JE-Vax)
Formaldehyde or Formalin, Gelatin, Mouse Serum Protein, Polysorbate 80, Thimerosal
Japanese Encephalitis (Ixiaro)
Aluminum Hydroxide, Bovine Serum Albumin, Formaldehyde, Protamine Sulfate, Sodium Metabisulphite
Meningococcal (Menactra)
Formaldehyde or Formalin, Phosphate Buffers
Meningococcal (Menomune)
Lactose, Thimerosal (10-dose vials only)
Meningococcal (Menveo)
Amino Acid, Formaldehyde or Formalin, Yeast
Amino Acid, Bovine Albumin or Serum, Chick Embryo Fibroblasts, Human Serum Albumin, Gelatin, Glutamate, Neomycin, Phosphate Buffers, Sorbitol, Sucrose, Vitamins
MMRV (ProQuad)
Bovine Albumin or Serum, Gelatin, Human Serum Albumin, Monosodium L-glutamate, MRC-5 Cellular Protein, Neomycin, Sodium Phosphate Dibasic, Sodium Bicarbonate, Sorbitol, Sucrose, Potassium Phosphate Monobasic, Potassium Chloride, Potassium Phosphate Dibasic
Pneumococcal (Pneumovax)
Bovine Protein, Phenol
Pneumococcal (Prevnar)
Aluminum Phosphate, Amino Acid, Soy Peptone, Yeast Extract
Pneumococcal (Prevnar 13)
Aluminum Phosphate, Amino Acid, Polysorbate 80, Soy Peptone, Succinate Buffer, Yeast Extract
Rabies (Imovax)
Human Serum Albumin, Beta-Propiolactone, MRC-5 Cellular Protein, Neomycin, Phenol Red (Phenolsulfonphthalein), Vitamins
Rabies (RabAvert)
Amphotericin B, Beta-Propiolactone, Bovine Albumin or Serum, Chicken Protein, Chlortetracycline, Egg Albumin (Ovalbumin), Ethylenediamine-Tetraacetic Acid Sodium (EDTA), Neomycin, Potassium Glutamate
Rotavirus (RotaTeq)
Cell Culture Media, Fetal Bovine Serum, Sodium Citrate, Sodium Phosphate Monobasic Monohydrate, Sodium Hydroxide Sucrose, Polysorbate 80
Rotavirus (Rotarix)
Amino Acids, Calcium Carbonate, Calcium Chloride, D-glucose, Dextran, Ferric (III) Nitrate, L-cystine, L-tyrosine, Magnesium Sulfate, Phenol Red, Potassium Chloride, Sodium Hydrogenocarbonate, Sodium Phosphate, Sodium L-glutamine, Sodium Pyruvate, Sorbitol, Sucrose, Vitamins, Xanthan
Td (Decavac)
Aluminum Potassium Sulfate, Bovine Extract, Formaldehyde or Formalin, 2-Phenoxyethanol, Peptone, Thimerosal
Td (Massachusetts)
Aluminum Hydroxide, Aluminum Phosphate, Formaldehyde or Formalin, Thimerosal (some multidose containers)
Tdap (Adacel)
Aluminum Phosphate, Formaldehyde or Formalin, Glutaraldehyde, 2-Phenoxyethanol
Tdap (Boostrix)
Aluminum Hydroxide, Bovine Extract, Formaldehyde or Formalin, Glutaraldehyde, Polysorbate 80
Typhoid (inactivated – Typhim Vi)
Disodium Phosphate, Monosodium Phosphate, Phenol, Polydimethylsilozone, Hexadecyltrimethylammonium Bromide
Typhoid (oral – Ty21a)
Amino Acids, Ascorbic Acid, Bovine Protein, Casein, Dextrose, Galactose, Gelatin, Lactose, Magnesium Stearate, Sucrose, Yeast Extract
Vaccinia (ACAM2000)
Glycerin, Human Serum Albumin, Mannitol, Monkey Kidney Cells, Neomycin, Phenol, Polymyxin B
Varicella (Varivax)
Bovine Albumin or Serum, Ethylenediamine-Tetraacetic Acid Sodium (EDTA), Gelatin, Monosodium L-Glutamate, MRC-5 DNA and Cellular Protein, Neomycin, Potassium Chloride, Potassium Phosphate Monobasic, Sodium Phosphate Monobasic, Sucrose
Yellow Fever (YF-Vax)
Egg Protein, Gelatin, Sorbitol
Zoster (Zostavax)
Bovine Calf Serum, Hydrolyzed Porcine Gelatin, Monosodium L-glutamate, MRC-5 DNA and Cellular Protein, Neomycin, Potassium Phosphate Monobasic, Potassium Chloride, Sodium Phosphate Dibasic, Sucrose
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
MARCH 2010
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    • thewritingowl profile image

      Mary Kelly Godley 

      5 years ago from Ireland

      Thanks Reality Bomb I look forward to reading that. It sounds very interesting. Its amazing what you can uncover when you do your own research and how you then realize that so many of the PR Spins that you hear have omitted or watered down so many of the indisputable facts.

    • RealityBomb profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from Surrey, United Kingdom

      Thank you for the link. Very interesting.

      Since I wrote this Hub, I have done a lot of research on this topic, specifically around children, OAP's, and poor people in third world countries. I have gathered an extensive amount of disturbing evidence and statistical data that I want to publish in a new hub because people NEED to hear it.

      It might take me a few weeks to finish the hub because I want to give people all of the information they need in one place.

      This time, I'll be approaching the topic from the perspective of politics and capitalism and explaining the motives behind some of the immoral decisions and the corrupt science used to justify certain 'TROJAN HORSE' vaccines. I will also go into more detail about how vaccines are being used to slow down global population growth, as well as exposing the pharmaceutical corporations who are deliberately adding carcinogens into their vaccines and why they would do something so disgusting.

      I'll let you know when I've published this hub.

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      Mary Kelly Godley 

      5 years ago from Ireland

      cbl2988 any Scientist out there will tell you there is a correlation between Adverse Reactions from Vaccines in certain sub-groups of children who are already genetically susceptible to damage because they have already been born with compromised immune systems. What children fit this criteria? Quite a lot as it happens but their parents are rarely if ever aware of this before they are vaccinated. This is a link to one such study. Reality bomb your article was very interesting and I have voted it up.

    • cbl2988 profile image


      8 years ago from Mesa, Arizona

      I saw Jenny McCarthy and Alex Jones as your sources and automatically knew not to trust you. I trust science and the medical community. If you, or any other anti-vaxer want to make these bogus claims, you need to make them with data and scientific evidence. The truth is that none of you do. There is no science--no scientific study that has survived peer review--that even indicates a solid correlation (a lot of anti-vaxers cant tell the difference between correlation and cause-and-effect)between immunizations and autism. None!

    • nextstopjupiter profile image


      8 years ago from here, there and everywhere

      Vaccines are safe, a safe way for the pharma mafia to make money!


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