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Flu Vaccines for 2015 – 2016: Essentials You Need
What's in that vaccine product that
will go into your body, or that of your child if you consent, and what do they do? Here
are the brand names and ingredients for you to quickly
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With the flu vaccine season upon us, one of health care consumers’ top vaccine
concerns is “What’s in it?”
The problem is that a complete listing of the various
ingredients in vaccines is not possible to acquire. Here’s why:
First, manufacturers are not required to report certain
ingredients if they exist below a certain legally-defined threshold. For example, Thimerisol, an ingredient
in multi-dose vaccines, which contains the cumulative neuro-toxin mercury, requires no reporting if below
that legally defined threshold.
Second, due to poor checks and balances in
manufacturing, vaccines may have many contaminants that were not intended for inclusion when manufactured. For
example some industry insiders continue to report bacterial contamination in vaccines cleared for
Third, some vaccine manufacturers change their product
contents prior to release.
That said, it is possible to know some of what they
contain. All the various brands of the 2015-2016 trivalent flu vaccines contain:
1. An Influenza A/California/7/2009 (H1N1)pdm09-like
2. An Influenza A/Switzerland/9715293/2013 (H3N2)-like virus
3. An Influenza B/Phuket/3073/2013-like virus. (This is a B/Yamagata lineage
4. If it is quadrivalent, it also contains an Influenza B/Brisbane/60/2008-like
Here are the current (2015-2016 flu vaccine season)
products, the other known substances used in their manufacture and ingredients listed by vaccine brand name
and ingredient list:
Beta-propiolactone, thimerosol (mercury containing compound, multi-dose vials only),
monobasic sodium phosphate, dibasic sodium phosphate, monobasic potassium phosphate, potassium chloride, calcium
chloride, sodium taurodeoxycholate, neomycin sulfate, polymyxin B, egg protein, sucrose.
Egg proteins, formaldehyde, polysorbate 80, cetyltrimethylammonium bromide, neomycin
sulfate, kanamycin, barium.
Influenza (Fluarix) Trivalent and Quadrivalent
Octoxynol-10 (Triton X-
Į-tocopheryl hydrogen succinate, polysorbate 80 (Tween 80), hydrocortisone,
gentamicin sulfate, ovalbumin, formaldehyde, sodium deoxycholate, sucrose, phosphate
Monobasic sodium phosphate, dibasic sodium phosphate, polysorbate 20, baculovirus and
host cell proteins, baculovirus and cellular DNA, Triton X-100, lipids, vitamins, amino acids, mineral
Madin Darby Canine Kidney (MDCK) cell protein, MDCK cell DNA,
SRO\VRUEDWHFHW\OWULPHWKO\DPPRQLXPEURPLGHȕ-propiolactone, phosphate buffer.
Influenza (Flulaval) Trivalent and Quadrivalent
Thimerosal (mercury containing compound, multi-dose vials only), formaldehyde,
sodium deoxycholate, egg proteins, phosphate buffer.
Influenza (FluMist) Quadrivalent
ethylene diamine tetraacetic acid (EDTA), monosodium glutamate, hydrolyzed porcine
gelatin, arginine, sucrose, dibasic potassium phosphate, monobasic potassium phosphate, gentamicin sulfate, egg
Nonylphenol ethoxylate, thimerosal (mercury containing compound,multidose vial– only
in refilled syringe), polymyxin, neomycin, beta-propiolactone, egg proteins, phosphate buffer.
Influenza (Fluzone: Standard (Trivalent and Quadrivalent), High-Dose, &
Formaldehyde, octylphenol ethoxylate (Triton X-100), gelatin (standard trivalent
formulation only), thimerosal (mercury containing compound,multi-dose vial only) , egg protein, phosphate buffers,
In case you wonder why some of these
substances are used, check the following list of ingredients and their uses:
Egg albumin Type
of protein found in egg that the vaccine is grown in.
Octyphenol ethoxylate Surfactant used to bring two different compounds together. Commonly used in cleaning agents and
Arginine A common
protein found in the body. Phosphate Buffers (disodium, monosodium,
potassium, sodium dihydrogenphosphate)
Formed from phosphorus (naturally found in diet and body)and used to maintain pH
Beta-propeiolactone Used as a disinfectant to maintain sterility. Considered a carcinogen.
Polyethelyne Glycol A synthetic resin used as a solvent.
Calcium Chloride A simple mineral salt used to help control temperature.
Polymyxin B Antibiotic
used to prevent bacterial growth.
Egg protein Self-explanatory.
nonylphenol Surfactant used to blend
Formaldehyde Common precursor to make resins in the textile industry. Used to inactivate live viruses.
Considered a carcinogen.
Polysorbate 80 or Polysorbate
20 Surfactant and emulsifier used to bring compounds
agent. Commonly found in animal byproducts like the hoofs of horses.
Potassium chloride Salt normally found in the body.
Gentamicin Antibiotic used to
prevent bacterial growth.
Sodium chloride Salt compound normally found in the body.
steroid commonly used to treat skin irritation.
Sodium deoxycholate Bile acid used as an emulsifier to bring compounds together.
Latex Found in
the top of the vaccine where the needle punctures. It's a rubber.
Monosodium Glutamate MSG - a compound people are advised to stay away from in packaged food. Used to help stabilize
the vaccine when it's exposed to light, heat, acidity, or humidity.
Thimersol (Mercury) Toxic metal used to prevent contamination in multi-dose vials.
Neomycin Antibiotic used to prevent bacterial growth.
succinate A form of vitamin E used to prevent
as an emulsifier/surfactant/detergent.
To update your information or check for yourself, these two
resources are useful:
Regarding which ingredients are in any particular vaccine, go to:
To connect to online vaccine package inserts, go
For an example of what you can find there, here is the
information on Fluarix Quadrivalent: http://www.fda.gov/downloads/BiologicsBloodVaccines/Vaccines/ApprovedProducts/UCM220624.pdf
Further, you may wonder whether you or a family member
should get the vaccine in the first place. Unfortunately, asking this question of some health practitioners
can place them in a difficult legal situation if their advice is different than that of an M.D. They even
place themselves in legal jeaprody if they answer,
"What would you do?"
Some health practitioners therefore find quoting
others with different opinions to be helpful. For example, here’s what Barbara Loe Fisher of the National
Vaccine Information Center says:
"If vaccines are safe and effective for everyone,
then those, who choose to get vaccinated should have nothing to fear from
those who choose not to get vaccinated.
If vaccines are not safe and effective for
everyone, then it is unethical to require anyone to get vaccinated without
their voluntary, informed consent.”
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