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raster;46045 wrote: The CDC [states] that the following ingredients are found in vaccines:

Thanks for the additional information, raster.

Let’s go through the CDC’s points one by one and try to apply them to the situation of the original poster.

raster;46045 wrote: •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.

The aluminum compounds increase the effectiveness of the vaccine. This means that the negative effects of the aluminum compounds are much less severe than the benefit of increasing the body’s response to the vaccine.

For people who are (needlessly) worried about the trace amounts of aluminum compounds in a dose of vaccine, there may be alternatives. These alternatives are free from the aluminum compound. But of course, they contain a far stronger dose of the inactivated virus – this must be so, else the body would not be immunised. Therefore, the reaction to such an alternative vaccine is much more severe than the reaction to the normal vaccine.

Ask your doctor if this alternative is available for the hepatitis vaccine. If so, ask what the consequences would be of taking this alternative vaccine.

raster;46045 wrote: •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.

This sounds worse than it really is.

First, antibiotics are only present in some vaccines.

Second, the amount of antibiotics is far, far, far less than what would be prescribed if you would have a bacterial infection or something. Gut flora, for example, is severely affected by normal antibiotics, but is not affected at all by the small (and once-only) dose of antibiotics in a vaccine.

raster;46045 wrote: •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.

So this is no problem at all.

raster;46045 wrote: •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.

This means that vaccines contain only trace amounts of formaldehyde, if any at all.

As the body produces its own formaldehyde during normal digestive processes, the body also is well equipped to handle this stuff. The small amount of formaldehyde (if any at all) that is injected into the bloodstream or under the skin is not noticeable when compared to the body’s natural formaldehyde production.

This is much like alcohol. The body produces its own alcohol during normal digestive processes. Though intake of large amounts of alcohol is obviously a bad idea, injecting half a drop of alcohol into the bloodstream would go unnoticed.

raster;46045 wrote: •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.

Once again, this is not “in vaccines”, it is in some vaccines. These stabilisers are not very poisonous.

•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.

The hepatitis vaccine contains only one dose, so it would not contain thimerosal.

My conclusion would be that the hepatitis vaccine is very safe. When I got mine, I didn’t ask any questions at all, because I knew that the health effect of acquiring hepatitis would be far, far more severe than the largely theoretical “dangers” of the vaccine.

If the original poster still does have doubts, (s)he may ask questions to his/her doctor. On some points, alternative vaccines may be available. I would go for the normal vaccine (and in fact I did), but the original poster may of course come to a different conclusion.