Much of the controversy about vaccine results from the perception that the vaccines themselves have the capability to cause harm to the patients who receive them. In order to understand this, it is necessary to analyze the possible harms that someone can experience after a vaccine. It is also necessary to look at what goes into a vaccine and how it is administered. People need to understand exactly what ingredients go into the formula for a vaccine, how much there are and what they can do.
First, many of the side effects from vaccines do not necessarily stem from the actual contents of the vaccine itself. For example, the most common side effect of a vaccine is SIRVA, which is damage to the shoulder and the arm when the vaccine is injected too high on the shoulder. This has nothing to do with the vaccine, but results from the way that the vaccine is administered. Other side effects comes from a reaction experienced by the patients themselves. This is more about their bodies and how they tolerate the substance being introduced to them.
When it comes to the actual vaccines, there are several different ways that the vaccine can cause harm based on their contents. It is important to remember that some vaccines contain the actual disease for which it is intended to inoculate. Sometimes, while the body is attempting to adjust to the vaccine, this can cause some sickness.
Others focus on the ingredients of the vaccines since they are not necessarily natural. For example, some vaccines contain the substance formaldehyde. This is the same substance that is used to make building materials and some household products. This is actually a prevalent ingredient of many different vaccines since it helps kill the disease so it will not reproduce in the body. While the vaccines contain trace amounts of this substance, formaldehyde is also potentially a carcinogen. This substance must be diluted when the vaccine is made because large quantities of it can help harmful effects. Even if there are still small amounts of formaldehyde in the vaccine, some individuals may not tolerate it well. Many vaccine makers try to remove the formaldehyde from the vaccine after it is made, but are not always successful in doing so.
Thimerosal acts as a preservative to help vaccines withstand any attacks from outside bacteria while they are waiting to be injected into the body. This substance contains ethylmercury. High levels of mercury exposure can be harmful to people. There have been documented cases of mercury coming into the food or water supply and causing harm to those who ingest it. Thimerosal is contained in the vaccine in small amounts, and the human body tends to eliminate the substance from the body relatively quickly and easily. However, not all who receive this vaccine eliminate the substance at the same rate. Generally, this can cause some side effects at the site of the injection. The more pronounced side effects occur when there is an allergic reaction to the substance. People may not necessarily know that they are allergic to thimerosal ahead of time.
Some vaccines also contain aluminum salts. This substance is added in order to enhance the immune system’s reaction to the injection in order to reduce the number of injections that people will need in order to have the desired response. Aluminum is found in many of the major vaccines. While aluminum is found in many foods and is a part of people’s diets, there are still potential side effects if the vaccine recipient experiences the wrong reaction to the substance. The main harmful effect from aluminum comes is that people can develop inflammation in the brain. Children who ingest a large amount of aluminum can develop a bone disorder. Long-term exposure to aluminum has been tied to other brain disorders such as Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia.
In addition to the aforementioned substances, there are other substances that may have been used during the manufacturing process that may still be present in the vaccine. Many of these substances that are used to grow antigens and kill viruses are removed during the manufacturing process, but may still be present afterwards.
The presence of these ingredients in vaccines may not necessarily harm everyone who receives an injection. These are contained in small amounts in the vaccine, but when introducing foreign substances such as these into the body, there is always a chance that there may be an adverse reaction.
Those who want to know the exact ingredients in vaccines so they can do their own research can avail themselves of a helpful guide that is published by the Centers for Disease Control. This list enumerates all of the major vaccines and their main ingredients. Ultimately, with this knowledge, people can make their own choices and reach their own conclusions regarding risks of receiving vaccines.
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