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Vaccine Ingredients & Side Effects

Educate Before You Vaccinate

Vaccines are created with a long list of ingredients.  These ingredients can often have potent side effects, both alone and in combination.

Vaccines
by multiple manufacturers
Ingredients*
partial list in one or more vaccines
Side Effects**
including a partial list of reactions, events & reports*
DTaP (Daptacel) Aluminum phosphate, formaldehyde, glutaraldehyde, 2-phenoxyethanol Vomiting, redness or swelling, fever, tiredness or poor appetite, seizures, serious allergic reaction, brain damage (very rare).
DTaP (Infanrix) Aluminum hydroxide, bovine extract, formaldehyde, sodium chloride, glutaraldhyde, polysorbate 80 Fever, vomiting, redness or swelling, tiredness or poor appetite, seizures, serious allergic reaction, pain, shock.
DTaP (Tripedia) Aluminum potassium sulfate, ammonium sulfate, bovine extract, formaldehyde, gelatin, peptone, polysorbate 80, sodium phosphate, thimerosal Redness or swelling, tiredness or poor appetite, vomiting, fever, seizures, allergic reaction, erythema, persistent crying.
DTaP-HepB-IPV (Pediarix) Aluminum hydroxide, aluminum phosphate, calf serum, lactalbumin hydrolysate, formaldehyde, glutaraldhyde, neomycin sulfate, sodium chloride, polymyxin B, polysorbate 80, yeast protein Drowsiness, fainting, irritability, fever, swelling, joint pain, body aches, loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, seizures, upper respiratory tract infection, shock, brachial neuritis.
Hib vaccine (ACTHib) Ammonium sulfate, formaldehyde, sucrose, thimerosal Fever, diarrhea, erythema, tenderness, swelling, irritability, loss of appetite, sleepiness, seizures, vomiting.
Hib (PedvaxHib) Aluminum hydroxyphosphate sulfate, sodium chloride Fever, diarrhea, erythema, tenderness, swelling, irritability, loss of appetite, sleepiness, seizures, vomiting.
Hib/Hep B (Comvax) Amorphous aluminum hydroxyphosphate sulfate, amino acids, dextrose, formaldehyde, hemin chloride, mineral salts, nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide, potassium aluminum sulfate, sodium borate, soy peptone, yeast protein Extreme drowsiness, fainting, irritability, fever, swelling, diarrhea, loss of appetite, mild vomiting, joint pain, body aches, seizures, ear infections, upper respiratory infection, yeast infection, anaphylaxis.
Hepatitis A vaccine (Havrix) Aluminum hydroxide, amino acid supplement, formalin, MRC-5 cellular protein, neomycin sulfate, phosphate buffers, polsorbate 20 Fever, drowsiness, loss of appetite, irritability, allergic reaction (very rare).
Hepatitis A vaccine (Vaqta) Amorphous aluminum hydroxyphosphate sulfate, bovine albumin or serum, formaldehyde, MRC-5 cellular protein, sodium borate, sodium chloride Fever, erythema, drowsiness, loss of appetite, irritability, allergic reaction (very rare).
Hepatitis B vaccine (Engerix-B) Aluminum hydroxide, phosphate buffers, yeast protein, sodium chloride, sodium dihydrogen phosphate dihydrate Fever, insomnia, hypotension, abdominal pain, stiffness, drowsiness, loss of appetite, irritability.
Hepatitis B vaccine (Recombivax) Amorphous aluminum hydroxyphosphate sulfate, amino acids, dextrose, formaldehyde, mineral salts, potassium aluminum sulfate, soy peptone, yeast protein

Soreness, mild fever, diarrhea, fatigue/weakness, loss of appetite, respiratory illness, insomnia.

Human papillomavirus (HPV) (Cervarix) Aluminum hydroxide, amino acids, lipids, mineral salts, sodium dihydrogen phosphate dehydrate, sodium chloride, type 16 viral protein L1, type 18 viral protein L1, vitamins Pain, redness, and swelling, fatigue, fever, gastrointestinal symptoms, headache, arthralgia, myalgia, urticaria.
Human papillomavirus (HPV) (Gardasil) Amino acids, amorphous aluminum hydroxyphosphate sulfate, carbohydrates, L-histidine, mineral salts, polysorbate 80, sodium chloride, sodium borate, vitamins, yeast protein Headache, easy bruising or bleeding, weakness, fever, chills, body aches, nausea, vomiting, insomnia, erythema, pruritus.
Influenza vaccine (Afluria) Beta-propiolactone, calcium chloride, dibasic sodium phosphate, egg protein, sodium chloride, monobasic potassium phosphate, monobasic sodium phosphate, neomycin sulfate, polymyxin B, potassium chloride, sodium taurodeoxychoalate, thimerosal (multi-dose vials only) Tenderness, pain, redness, and swelling. headache, malaise, muscle aches, irritability, rhinitis, fever, cough, loss of appetite, vomiting/diarrhea, headache, muscle aches , sore throat, seizures.
Influenza vaccine (Fluarix) Formaldehyde, gentamicin sulfate, hydrocortisone, octoxynol-10, a-tocopheryl hydrogen succinate, polysorbate 80, sodium deoxycholate, ovalbumin Pain, swelling, redness, muscle aches, fatigue, headache, irritability, loss of appetite, and drowsiness, fever, shivering, arthralgia.
Influenza vaccine (Flulaval) Formaldehyde, a-tocopheryl hydrogen succinate, polysorbate 80, sodium deoxycholate, thimerosal, ovalbumin Pain, redness, swelling, fatigue, headache, muscle aches/arthralgia, irritability, drowsiness, loss of appetite, malaise, sore throat, cough, chills, chest tightness.
Influenza vaccine (Fluvirin) Beta-propiolactone, egg protein, neomycin, nonylphenol ethoxylate, polymyxin, thimerosal (multi-dose containers), thimerosal[2] (single-dose syringes) Pain, Inflammation, Ecchymosis, Edema, Hemorrhage, Headache, Fatigue, Malaise, Myalgia, Fever, Arthralgia, Sweating, Erythema, Swelling, Induration, Pruritus, Shivering.
Influenza vaccine (Fluzone) Egg protein, formaldehyde, gelatin (standard formulation only), octylphenol ethoxylate (Triton X-100),sodium phosphate, thimerosal (multi-dose containers only) Tenderness, erythema, swelling, induration, ecchymosis, fever, vomiting, abnormal crying, drowsiness, loss of appetite, irritability, pain, pruritus, headache, malaise, myalgia.
Influenza vaccine (FluMist) Arginine, dibasic potassium phosphate, egg protein, ethylene diamine tetraacetic acid, gentamicin sulfate, hydrolyzed porcine gelatin, monobasic potassium phosphate monosodium glutamate, sucrose, ovalbumin Runny nose or nasal congestion, fever, sore throat, wheezing, decreased appetite, irritability, lethargy, headache, muscle aches, chills, cough.
Meningococcal vaccine (Menactra) Formaldehyde, ammonium sulfate, phosphate buffers Tenderness, erythema, swelling, irritability, abnormal crying, drowsiness, appetite loss, vomiting, fever, induration, diarrhea, headache, fatigue, malaise, and arthralgia, rash, seizures.
Meningococcal vaccine (Menomune) Lactose, sodium chloride, thimerosal (multi-dose vial only) Pain, tenderness, erythema, induration, headaches, malaise, chills, fever.
Meningococcal vaccine (Menveo) Amino acids, formaldehyde, yeast extract Headache, tenderness, erythema, irritability, sleepiness, persistent crying, change in eating habits, vomiting, diarrhea, pain, induration, malaise, myalgia, nausea.
MMR vaccine (MMR-II) Amino acids, fetal bovine serum, glutamate, hydrolyzed gelatin, neomycin, sodium chloride, recombinant human serum albumin, sodium phosphate, sorbitol, sucrose, vitamins Fever, headache, dizziness, malaise, irritability, diarrhea, vomiting, parotitis, nausea, arthralgia, myalgia, edema, thrombocytopenia, arthritis, panniculitis, encephalopathy, Guillain-Barré Syndrome, seizures, ataxia, polyneuritis, paresthesia.
MMRV vaccine (ProQuad) Bovine calf serum, dibasic potassium phosphate, dibasic sodium phosphate, human albumin, human serum albumin, hydrolyzed gelatin, dibasic potassium phosphate, monosodium L-glutamate, sodium chloride, MRC-5 cellular protein, neomycin, sodium bicarbonate, sorbitol, sucrose, potassium chloride

Pain, tenderness, soreness, swelling, irritability, fever, measles-like rash, seizures, erythema, ecchymosis, upper respiratory infection, viral exanthema, diarrhea, rhinorrhea.

Pneumococcal vaccine (Pneumovax)

Bovine protein, phenol Pain, soreness, tenderness, swelling, induration, headache, erythema, asthenia, fatigue, myalgia, chills, upper respiratory infection, chest pain, depression, tremors, stiffness, sweating.
Pneumococcal vaccine (Prevnar) Aluminum phosphate, ammonium sulfate, casamino acid, polysorbate 80, succinate buffer, yeast Irritability, tenderness, decreased appetite, decreased sleep, increased sleep, fever, redness, pain, fatigue, headache, muscle pain, joint pain, swelling, limitation of arm movement, chills, rash, bronchiolitis, gastroenteritis, pneumonia.
Polio vaccine (IPV - Ipol) Calf serum protein, formaldehyde, neomycin, 2-phenoxyethanol, polymyxin B, streptomycin Erythema, induration, pain, fever, irritability, sleepiness, fussiness, persistent crying, swelling, loss of appetite, vomiting, tenderness.
Rotavirus vaccine (RotaTeq) fetal bovine serum, sodium citrate, sodium phosphate monobasic monohydrate, sodium hydroxide, sucrose, polysorbate 80 Diarrhea, vomiting, irritability, otitis media, nasopharyngitis, bronchospasm, bronchiolitis, gastroenteritis, pneumonia, fever, urinary tract infection, allergic reactions, and a serious problem called intussusception, which may be indicated by: vomiting, bad diarrhea, severe stomach pain, and blood in the stool.
Rotavirus vaccine (Rotarix) Amino acids, dextran, sorbitol, sucrose sodiumchloride, potassium chloride, magnesium sulfate, ferric (III) nitrate, sodium phosphate, sodium pyruvate, D-glucose, concentrated vitamin solution, L-cystine, L-tyrosine, L-glutamine, calcium chloride, sodium hydrogenocarbonate, phenol red, PCV-1, calcium carbonate, sterile water, xanthan. Fussiness, irritability, cough, runny nose, fever, loss of appetite, vomiting, diarrhea, idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura, Kawasaki disease, and intussusception, which may be indicated by: vomiting, bad diarrhea, severe stomach pain, and blood in the stool.
Tdap vaccine (Adacel) Aluminum phosphate, formaldehyde, glutaraldehyde, 2-phenoxyethanol, casamino acids, dimethyl beta-cyclodextrin, ammonium sulfate, phenoxyethanol Pain, swelling, erythema, headache, body aches, muscle weakness, tiredness, fever, chills, sore joints, nausea, lymph node swelling, diarrhea, vomiting, rash, edema, hypotension, muscle spasms, Guillain Barré syndrome, brachial neuritis.
Tdap vaccine (Boostrix) Aluminum hydroxide, bovine extract, sodium chloride, formaldehyde, glutaraldehyde, polysorbate 80 Pain, redness or swelling at the injection site, fever, headache, tiredness, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, stomachache, chills, body aches, sore joints, rash, gastrointestinal symptoms, allergic reaction (rare).
Varicella vaccine (Varivax) Dibasic sodium phosphate, ethylenediamine tetraacetic acid sodium (EDTA), fetal bovine serum, gelatin, glutamate, monobasic potassium phosphate, monobasic sodium phosphate, monosodium L-glutamate, MRC-5 DNA and cellular protein, neomycin, sodium chloride, phosphate, potassium chloride, sucrose Headache, Varicella-like rash, fatigue, cough, myalgia, disturbed sleep, nausea, diarrhea, chills, eye complaints, loss of appetite, itching, vomiting, constipation, rashes, respiratory illness, cold/canker sore, seizures, secondary bacterial infections.
Zoster (Shingles) vaccine (Zostavax) Bovine calf serum, sodium chloride, dibasic sodium phosphate, hydrolyzed porcine gelatin, monosodium L-glutamate, MRC-5 DNA and cellular protein, monobasic potassium phosphate, neomycin, potassium chloride, sucrose Redness, soreness, swelling or itching at the site of the injection, headache, rash, erythema, pruritis, warmth, hematoma, induration.

 * This is a partial ingredient list with information from “Vaccine Excipient & Media Summary, Part 2, Excipients included in U.S. Vaccines, by Vaccine.”  The information was accessed in November 2008 from: www.cdc.gov/vaccines/pubs/pinkbook/downloads/appendices/B/excipient-table-2.pdf

** This list contains a combination of many adverse post-vaccination occurrences, and possible occurrences, that have been published in the manufacturer’s own documents.  Any use of [brackets] is information added by Generation Rescue. This list may not contain all adverse occurrences; it may contain typographical errors, and it does not take the place of reading the manufacturers’ most current documents in their entirety.

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