An often-heard comment is: "I will not ever get a vaccine. Vaccines have aborted fetal cells, aluminum, mercury, animal dna (unclean animals), and formaldehyde."
Well, the bottom line is, that is wrong. Here’s why:
Charge 1: "Vaccines have aborted fetal cells."
Response: No they don't. SOME vaccines are developed in a line of fetal cells which are from a line of fetal cells harvested in the last century. No aborted babies are used for vaccine development today. The vaccines which are developed using the fetal lines are ONLY: Varicella (chickenpox), Rubella (the “R” in the MMR vaccine), Hepatitis A, and one preparation of Rabies vaccine. These are all made by growing the viruses in fetal fibroblast cells. But again, these are laboratory-grown fetal fibroblast cells, not from aborted fetus'.
And, the resultant vaccine does NOT contain thefetal fibroblast cells!
Charge 2: Aluminum.
Response: Aluminum is used as an adjuvant. (An adjuvant is vaccine component that boosts the immune response to the vaccine.) Aluminum adjuvants are used in vaccines such as hepatitis A, hepatitis B, diphtheria-tetanus-containing vaccines, Haemophilus influenza type b, and pneumococcal vaccines, but they are not used in the live, viral vaccines, such as measles, mumps, rubella, varicella and rotavirus.
If you don't want to ingest any form of aluminum, then don't cook in aluminum utensils, don't eat with aluminum knives, spoons, or forks, don't drink any beverage from a can which is aluminum, and don't TOUCH anything aluminum! This "fear" is nonsense!
Charge 3: Mercury.
Response: Another baseless fear. Mercury is a naturally occurring element found in the earth’s crust, air, soil, and water. Two types of mercury to which people may be exposed - methylmercury and ethylmercury - are very different.
Methylmercury is the type of mercury found in certain kinds of fish. At high exposure levels methylmercury can be toxic to people. In the United States, federal guidelines keep as much methylmercury as possible out of the environment and food, but over a lifetime, everyone is exposed to some methylmercury.
Thimerosal is a mercury-based preservative that has been used for decades in the United States in multi-dose vials (vials containing more than one dose) of medicines and vaccines. Thimerosal contains ethylmercury, which is cleared from the human body more quickly than methylmercury, and is therefore less likely to cause any harm.
Thimerosal is added to vials of vaccine that contain more than one dose to prevent growth of germs, like bacteria and fungi. We should be grateful. Thimerosal does not stay in the body a long time so it does not build up and reach harmful levels. When thimerosal enters the body, it breaks down to ethylmercury and thiosalicylate, which are readily eliminated.
Charge 4: Animal DNA.
Response: Without a specific citation, this is nonsense. No viable DNA is found in ANY vaccine whether the vaccine is developed in human or animal cells. Flu vaccines, for example, are made in chicken eggs. But the mistaken assumption is that somehow chicken DNA is IN the vaccine. Nothing could be further from the truth. Chicken eggs are only used because a medium is needed so the inactivated virus can be replicated in it. It turns out that the flu virus can be replicated in an egg culture or a human culture. The egg culture is convenient and causes no harm to humans. The resulting vaccine is purified and has no animal DNA in it.
Charge 5: Formaldehyde.
Response: Formaldehyde is used in the production of many vaccines because it kills viruses or inactivates toxins during the manufacturing process. The amount of formaldehyde remaining in a vaccine is so small, it is hardly measurable. If you are worried about formaldehyde then please don't drive or be near household furnishing such as carpets and upholstery.