KNOW Contents of Vaccines
CDC Summary of Contents of Vaccines Licensed in the United States

(August 2008)

Vaccines contain toxic chemicals such as formaldehyde, mercury, lead, antifreeze, RNA/DNA from animal tissues and aborted fetal tissues and other foreign proteins in the form of live, attenuated or dead viruses and bacteria.

The CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) specifies that severe allergies to certain substances contraindicate specific vaccines and also makes the general statement that a “serious allergic reaction [e.g., anaphylaxis] to a vaccine component” is a contraindication to any vaccine containing that component.

This table lists vaccine components (e.g., adjuvants and preservatives) found in all U.S. vaccines, as well as substances used during the manufacturing process (vaccine-production media) that are removed from the final product and present only in trace quantities (e.g., thimerasol). Where thimerosal is marked in this table with an asterisk (*), it indicates that this vaccine may contain trace amounts (<3 mcg) of mercury left after post-production thimerosal removal. Trace amounts left after post-production removal is considered by CDC to be “thimerosal-free”, even though there are trace amounts left in the vaccine. In addition to the substances listed, most vaccines contain Sodium Chloride (table salt).

Always ask your doctor for the vaccine package insert as manufacturers may change product contents.

VACCINE CONTAINS:
Anthrax (BioThrax) Aluminum Hydroxide, Amino Acids, Benzethonium Chloride, Formaldehyde or Formalin, Inorganic Salts and Sugars, Vitamins
BCG (Tice) Asparagine, Citric Acid, Lactose, Glycerin, Iron Ammonium Citrate, Magnesium Sulfate, Potassium Phosphate
DTaP (Daptacel) Aluminum Phosphate, Ammonium Sulfate, Casamino Acid, Dimethyl-beta-cyclodextrin, Formaldehyde or Formalin, Glutaraldehyde, 2-Phenoxyethanol
DTaP (Infanrix) Aluminum Hydroxide, Bovine Extract, Formaldehyde or Formalin, Glutaraldhyde, 2-Phenoxyethanol, Polysorbate 80
DTaP (Tripedia) Aluminum Potassium Sulfate, Ammonium Sulfate, Bovine Extract, Formaldehyde or Formalin, Gelatin, Polysorbate 80, Sodium Phosphate, Thimerosal*
DTaP/Hib (TriHIBit) Aluminum Potassium Sulfate, Ammonium Sulfate, Bovine Extract, Formaldehyde or Formalin, Gelatin, Polysorbate 80, Sucrose, Thimerosal*
DTaP/IPV (Kinrix) Aluminum Hydroxide, Bovine Extract, Formaldehyde, Gluteraldehyde, Monkey Kidney Cells, Neomycin, Polymyxin B, Polysorbate 80
DTaP/HepB/IPV (Pediarix) Aluminum Hydroxide, Aluminum Phosphate, Bovine Protein, Lactalbumin Hydrolysate, Formaldehyde or Formalin, Glutaraldhyde, Monkey Kidney Tissue, Neomycin, 2-Phenoxyethanol, Polymyxin B, Polysorbate 80, Thimerosal*, Yeast Protein
DTaP/Hib/IPV (Pentacel) 2-phenoxyethanol, Aluminum Phosphate, Bovine Serum Albumin, Casamino Acid, Formaldehyde, Gluteraldehyde, MRC-5 Cellular Protein, Neomycin, Polymyxin B, Polysorbate 80
DT (sanofi ) Aluminum Potassium Sulfate, Bovine Extract, Formaldehyde or Formalin, Thimerosal (multidose) or Th imerosal* (single-dose)
DT (Massachusetts) Aluminum Hydroxide, Formaldehyde or Formalin
Hib (ACTHib) Ammonium Sulfate, Formaldehyde or Formalin, Sucrose
Hib (PedvaxHib) Aluminum Hydroxyphosphate Sulfate
Hib/Hep B (Comvax) Amino Acids, Aluminum Hydroxyphosphate Sulfate, Dextrose, Formaldehyde or Formalin, Mineral Salts, Sodium Borate, Soy Peptone, Yeast Protein
Hep A (Havrix) Aluminum Hydroxide, Amino Acids, Formaldehyde or Formalin, MRC-5 Cellular Protein, Neomycin Sulfate, 2-Phenoxyethanol, Phosphate Buffers, Polysorbate
Hep A (Vaqta) Aluminum Hydroxyphosphate Sulfate, Bovine Albumin or Serum, DNA, Formaldehyde or Formalin, MRC-5 Cellular Protein, Sodium Borate
Hep B (Engerix-B) Aluminum Hydroxide, Phosphate Buffers, Thimerosal*, Yeast Protein
Hep B (Recombivax) Aluminum Hydroxyphosphate Sulfate, Amino Acids, Dextrose, Formaldehyde or Formalin, Mineral Salts, Potassium Aluminum Sulfate, Soy Peptone, Yeast Protein
HepA/HepB (Twinrix) Aluminum Hydroxide, Aluminum Phosphate, Amino Acids, Dextrose, Formaldehyde or Formalin, Inorganic Salts, MRC-5 Cellular Protein, Neomycin Sulfate, 2-Phenoxyethanol, Phosphate Buffers, Polysorbate 20, Thimerosal*, Vitamins, Yeast Protein
Human Papillomavirus (HPV) (Gardasil) Amino Acids, Amorphous Aluminum Hydroxyphosphate Sulfate, Carbohydrates, L-histidine, Mineral Salts, Polysorbate 80, Sodium Borate, Vitamins
Influenza (Afluria) Beta-propiolactone, Calcium Chloride, Ovalbumin, Neomycin Sulfate, Polymyxin B, Potassium Chloride, Potassium Phosphate, Sodium Phosphate, Sodium Taurodeoxycholate, Thimerosal (multidose containers)
Influenza (Fluarix) Egg Albumin (Ovalbumin), Egg Protein, Formaldehyde or Formalin, Gentamicin, Hydrocortisone, Octoxynol-10, α-Tocopheryl Hydrogen Succinate, Polysorbate 80, Sodium Deoxycholate, Sodium Phosphate, Thimerosal*
Influenza (Flulaval) Egg Albumin (Ovalbumin), Egg Protein, Formaldehyde or Formalin, Sodium Deoxycholate, Phosphate Buffers, Thimerosal
Influenza (Fluvirin) Beta-Propiolactone, Egg Protein, Neomycin, Polymyxin B, Polyoxyethylene 9-10 Nonyl Phenol (Triton N-101, Octoxynol 9), Thimerosal (multidose containers), Thimerosal* (single-dose syringes)
Influenza (Fluzone) Egg Protein, Formaldehyde or Formalin, Gelatin, Octoxinol-9 (Triton X-100), Thimerosal (multidose containers)
Influenza (FluMist) Chick Kidney Cells, Egg Protein, Gentamicin Sulfate, Monosodium Glutamate, Sucrose Phosphate Glutamate Buffer
IPV (Ipol) Calf Serum Protein, Formaldehyde or Formalin, Monkey Kidney Tissue, Neomycin, 2-Phenoxyethanol, Polymyxin B, Streptomycin
Japanese Encephalitis (JE-Vax) Formaldehyde or Formalin, Gelatin, Mouse Serum Protein, Polysorbate 80, Thimerosal
Measles (Attenuvax) Amino Acid, Bovine Albumin or Serum, Chick Embryo Fibroblasts, Gelatin, Glutamate, Human Albumin, Neomycin, Phosphate, Sodium Phosphate, Sorbitol, Sucrose, Vitamins
Meningococcal (Menactra) Formaldehyde or Formalin, Phosphate Buffers
Meningococcal (Menomune) Lactose, Thimerosal (10-dose vials only)
Mumps (Mumpsvax) Amino Acid, Bovine Albumin or Serum, Chick Embryo Fibroblasts, Human Serum Albumin, Gelatin, Glutamate, Neomycin, Phosphate Buff ers, Sorbitol, Sucrose, Vitamins
MMR (MMR-II) Amino Acid, Bovine Albumin or Serum, Chick Embryo Fibroblasts, Human Serum Albumin, Gelatin, Glutamate, Neomycin, Phosphate Buffers, Sorbitol, Sucrose, Vitamins
MMRV (ProQuad) Bovine Albumin or Serum, Gelatin, Human Serum Albumin, Monosodium L-glutamate, MRC-5 Cellular Protein, Neomycin, Sodium Phosphate Dibasic, Sodium Bicarbonate, Sorbitol, Sucrose, Potassium Phosphate Monobasic, Potassium Chloride, Potassium Phosphate Dibasic
Pneumococcal (Pneumovax) Bovine Protein, Phenol
Pneumococcal (Prevnar) Aluminum Phosphate, Amino Acid, Soy Peptone, Yeast Extract
Rabies (Imovax) Human Serum Albumin, Beta-Propiolactone, MRC-5 Cellular Protein, Neomycin, Phenol Red (Phenolsulfonphthalein), Vitamins
Rabies (RabAvert) Amphotericin B, Beta-Propiolactone , Bovine Albumin or Serum, Chicken Protein, Chlortetracycline, Egg Albumin (Ovalbumin), Ethylenediamine-Tetraacetic Acid Sodium (EDTA), Neomycin, Potassium Glutamate
Rotavirus (RotaTeq) Cell Culture Media, Fetal Bovine Serum, Sodium Citrate, Sodium Phosphate Monobasic Monohydrate, Sodium Hydroxide Sucrose, Polysorbate 80
Rotavirus (Rotarix) Amino Acids, Calcium Carbonate, Dextran, Dulbecco’s Modified Eagle Medium (DMEM), Sorbitol, Sucrose, Xanthan
Rubella (Meruvax II) Bovine Albumin or Serum, Gelatin, Human Serum Albumin, Neomycin, Phosphate Buffers, Sodium Phosphate, Sorbitol
Td (Decavac) Aluminum Potassium Sulfate, Bovine Extract, Formaldehyde or Formalin, 2-Phenoxyethanol, Peptone, Thimerosal*
Td (Massachusetts) Aluminum Hydroxide, Aluminum Phosphate, Formaldehyde or Formalin, Thimerosal (some multidose containers)
Tdap (Adacel) Aluminum Phosphate, Formaldehyde or Formalin, Glutaraldehyde, 2-Phenoxyethanol
Tdap (Boostrix) Aluminum Hydroxide, Bovine Extract, Formaldehyde or Formalin, Glutaraldehyde, Polysorbate 80
Typhoid (inactivated – Typhim Vi) Disodium Phosphate, Monosodium Phosphate, Phenol, Polydimethylsilozone, Hexadecyltrimethylammonium Bromide
Typhoid (oral – Ty21a) Amino Acids, Ascorbic Acid, Bovine Protein, Casein, Dextrose, Galactose, Gelatin, Lactose, Magnesium Stearate, Sucrose, Yeast Extract
Vaccinia (ACAM2000) Glycerin, Human Serum Albumin, Neomycin, Phenol, Polymyxin B
Varicella (Varivax) Bovine Albumin or Serum, Ethylenediamine-Tetraacetic Acid Sodium (EDTA), Gelatin, Monosodium L-Glutamate, MRC-5 DNA and Cellular Protein, Neomycin, Potassium Chloride, Potassium Phosphate Monobasic, Sodium Phosphate Monobasic, Sucrose
Yellow Fever (YF Vax) Egg Protein, Gelatin, Sorbitol
Zoster (Zostavax) Bovine Calf Serum, Hydrolyzed Porcine Gelatin, Monosodium L-glutamate, MRC-5 DNA and Cellular Protein, Neomycin, Potassium Phosphate Monobasic, Potassium Chloride, Sodium Phosphate Dibasic, Sucrose