3 Easy Steps Parents Can Use to Form an Opinion About Vaccines

Just like reading a label on products purchased at the grocery store, parents should read and understand what a pediatrician could be injecting into their child – before they vaccinate them. Often times parents are discouraged from looking deeper into the matter because some pediatricians act like playground bullies more than doctors. Below are 3 easy steps for any new parent to start their own investigation and form their own opinion on vaccines.

Step 1 – What is in This Vaccine?

New parents can find a summary of ingredients from official government sources. The Centers for Disease Control has a ‘Fact Sheet’ on vaccine ingredients (http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/vac-gen/additives.htm). Two links are available on this page for additional information:

For example, if a parent wanted to know the ingredients (excipients) of the MMR vaccine, they would look at the Vaccine ingredients sorted by vaccine PDF. Below is a  buffet of ingredients the parent would discover in the MMR vaccine, and that’s just the beginning.

Amino Acid, Bovine Albumin or Serum, Chick Embryo Fibroblasts, Human Serum Albumin, Gelatin, Glutamate, Neomycin, Phosphate Buffers, Sorbitol, Sucrose, Vitamins

Please remember this point: the CDC links are a good starting point, but parents often require more information. The information parents need is located on what is called the vaccine insert. Sticking with the MMR vaccine example, the vaccine insert for the MMR-II vaccine can be found online. (http://www.merck.com/product/usa…) (pdf)

Reading the vaccine insert reveals not only the ingredients, but also the fact the vaccine has not been tested for carcinogenesis (cancer causing), mutagenesis (DNA changing) or impairment of fertility. We’re not done yet.

Parents should also be interested in the “ADVERSE REACTIONS” and “CONTRAINDICATIONS” sections of the document. A contraindication is a condition or factor that serves as a reason to withhold a certain medical treatment. Many pediatricians do not test for contraindications prior to vaccinating babies.

If parents don’t understand the technical medical jargon, that’s okay. Resources like the Merck Manual (http://www.merckmanuals.com/home/index.html) can help decipher some of the medical code.

*** Vactruth.com has a list of all of the vaccine inserts. Find them here (http://vactruth.com/vaccine-inserts/) or scroll to the bottom of the website and look under the hyperlink “Vaccine Inserts”. Parents may want to see how old their child is to determine what vaccine to look at first. The CDC vaccine schedule (http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines…) (pdf) will show the parent what vaccines are recommended for a specific age.


Step 2 – What Are These Ingredients Anyways?

You think I’m exaggerating, don’t you? Read on.

Each chemical in the vaccine has a “social security number”. The specific name for the chemical number is called a CAS (Chemical Abstracts Service) number. Humbolt State University Library describes CAS numbers like this,

Chemical Abstracts Service (CAS) has a registry system for all completely identified chemical compounds or substances. There are over 113 million chemical substances & sequences currently registered … Each individual chemical substance is assigned a CAS Registry Number which may be thought of as that substance’s “Social Security number.” (http://library.humboldt.edu…)

Once a parent has the CAS number for a chemical in the vaccine, they can look up the chemical with precision. Where would the CAS number be useful? Parents could type in the CAS number or the chemical name on a number of helpful sites.

  • Pubchem (http://pubchem.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/)
    Free database of chemical structures of small organic molecules and information on their biological activities
  • TOXNET (http://toxnet.nlm.nih.gov/)
    Databases on toxicology, hazardous chemicals, environmental health, and toxic releases.
  • MSDS (http://www.msds.com/)
    Access to the widest selection of material safety data sheets (“MSDS”) to a large group of people.


Step 3 – What Could This Vaccine Do to My Baby?

I saved the best for last. The Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) (http://www.medalerts.org/vaersdb/index.php) will show the parent researcher adverse reactions reported by parents and physicians on specific vaccines. VAERS is a passive system which means there could be many more adverse events to vaccines that go unreported.

I’ve never been more serious than right now. Parents can blindly trust their pediatrician’s word that vaccines are safe and ignore this advice at their own peril. Or, parents can start to investigate vaccines for themselves and form their own opinions about the safety of the chemicals in vaccines.

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Did you find the resources mentioned in this article helpful? What other resources could be used to help new parents? What helped you decide to vaccinate or not vaccinate your child?

Jeffry John Aufderheide

Jeffry John Aufderheide is the father of a child injured as a result of vaccination. As editor of VacTruth.com, he promotes well-educated health professionals, informed consent, and full disclosure and accountability of adverse reactions to vaccines.

  • Frompovich1054

    EVERY parent NEEDS to know this information about vaccines BEFORE even considering vaccinating his or her child or children. Vaccines are NOT what they are cracked up to be, safe and effective. Nothing can be further from reality.

    Don’t believe that? Well, read what’s going on in Japan:
    “The health ministry has decided to suspend the use of two types of publicly subsidized vaccines – Pfizer & Sanofi – following the deaths of four children. The two types are the Hib vaccine, which prevents bacterial meningitis, and a vaccine against streptococcus pneumonia. All four children were administered a vaccine against streptococcus pneumonia made by Pfizer Inc., and all except the girl in Nishinomiya received ActHIB, an Hib vaccine made by Sanofi Pasteur Inc. An increasing number of people are believed to be receiving these vaccines because of a subsidy program launched last November.”
    Kyodo News, The Japan Times Source: http://www.theoneclickgroup.co.uk

    Globally, too many children are being damaged by vaccines while in the USA, the CDC and FDA report statistics that often are years behind and not very current. One example is stats about autism. More recent research by U.S. armed services parents claims that one in 88 children contracts autism, whereas the ‘official’ CDC statistic is one in 100 children, with male children being more prone to contracting the autism spectrum disorder.

    Parents must realize when vaccine damage does occur to their child, there virtually is NO hope for recouping any financial help or tort damages in the USA because of the 1986 vaccine act wherein Congress gave vaccine makers carte blanche and left them off the hook for damaging children with their products. Unbelievable? No, that’s the hard, cold facts of vaccine politics–and law–that was just recently reinforced by the U.S. Supreme Court in Bruesewitz v. Wyeth, 09-152. Parents, be forewarned and please research what vaccines can do to your child. You definitely will be amazed and not in a positive way.

  • Thank you for the valuable information. Parents have very little options if their child is injured by a vaccine.

  • Mama26kiddos

    Ok so not to vaccinate?? If you don’t how do you prevent these diseases? I use essential oils and all but what to use? And can your children go out of the US safely? Can they be in contact with people from other countries in the US? I don’t vaccinate but still worry about these things.

  • What diseases are you specifically referencing, Mama? Look at most diseases and you’ll discover that when, for example, vitamin C or vitamin A is administered death rates drop dramatically.

    Did you also know children can actually get a disease from a vaccinated child?

    Traveling overseas can be a challenge depending on where one travels to. Most illness from traveling are from contaminated food or water (not lack of vaccines). Check out the CDC’s site and other travel sites to confirm this.

    I also highly recommend How to Raise a Healthy Child in Spite of Your Doctor by world renowned pediatrician, Robert Mendelsohn.


    More importantly, it is for parents to be informed what is in the vaccines so that they can make the best choice possible. For me, injecting viruses cultured on monkey testicles isn’t too appealing, nor is giving my child cancer (SV40 – Simian Virus 40).

    Good questions.

  • B. St. Marie

    More than ever, we (parents) need up to date, reliable information to help make the best possible choices for our children. Parents can not be expected to make truly informed decisions if they haven’t been truly informed of risks, ingredients, and factors that can influence how a child reacts to particular combinations of shots. Its puzzling why parents are often kept in the dark about these matters..

  • Sandylunoe

    Thank you Jeff, this is extremely useful and should certainly be widely spread.

    Regarding reporting of adverse events to VAERS, no doubt one reason why there is considerable under-reporting is because the contact information in package inserts often gives the name of the vaccine producer before that of VAERS. This should surely not be permitted.

    I have written some simple explanations here about a few vaccine ingredients, functions and how they react with each other. Hope it’s useful too, welcome to spread!


    When critical questions are asked concerning mercury (timerosal), the answer from those who recommend vaccines is that the amount of mercury is so small so that it is not a safety problem.

    They may point out that there is more mercury in fish which we eat than in vaccines. This argument is illogical because substances act differently when we eat them compared to when they are injected.
    It is not only the actual amounts which are relevant, but also the way in which vaccine ingredients react with each other.

    POLYSORBATE (“Tween ”) is a substance which makes the blood-brain barrier more porous (“opens it up”). It is used in drug targeting, for example when it is required that drugs which have a psychiatric effect shall come into contact with brain tissue.

    Polysorbate is an ingredient in many vaccines, including some hepatitis and influenza vaccines and the HPV vaccine Gardasil.

    The presence of this substance facilitates for example the transfer of mercury in the H1N1 swine influenza vaccine H1N1 Pandremrix and the neurotoxic aluminium in Gardasil through the blood-brain barrier and into the brain tissue. This is naturally undesirable, because it may result in brain injury.

    Administration of Pandemrix and other vaccines containing polysorbate to young children and pregnant women is worrying, because small children and fetus have underdeveloped blood-brain barriers.

    SQUALENE ( also called AS03 and MF59), is a controversial substance which is included in several vaccines. When critical questions are asked regarding safety, the answer is often that this is no problem because it is an ingredient in ice cream.

    This is true, but the answer is misleading. Many substances, for example squalene, occur naturally in the body.

    When the same substances are injected the body may interpret them as foreign and react strongly against them.

    This may result in an autoimmune disease, for example multiple sclerosis, the paralyzing illness Guillain-Barré, diabetes, lupus, leddgikt rheumatoid arthritis, psoriasis and narcolepsy.

  • One reason, I believe parents don’t know about this information is because they rely on their pediatrician as their main source of information — most pediatricians don’t know where to look…

  • This is awesome, Sandy — thank you for sharing!!!

  • Patrons99

    Great post, Jeffry – Your post assumes that parents actually have a choice in whether to inoculate their kids. Until vaccine mandates are outlawed, and declared unconstitutional, we don’t have a real choice. We have a duty to educate ourselves on this topic, thoroughly, by whatever valid resources we can find. Your post helps greatly in this regard. IMHO, mandated inoculations with neurotoxic metals, endocrine disruptors, phase transfer catalysts, ionophores, and non-human DNA, are crimes against humanity. Humanity has a God-given right to opt-out of this barbaric practice.


  • Excellent resource for anyone considering vaccination. We are operating in an environment where the medical consumer is on their own. None of our government sponsored, excuse me taxpayer sponsored, health care ‘watchdogs’ are doing the job we pay them to do. They do not adequately investigate safety, efficacy, or need prior to unleashing medications on the public. Thank you for providing this much needed information

  • Giorgiotremante

    When will ‘this genocide?

    Brief description of our tragedy
    To show how evil can do the vaccinations, used so indiscriminately on families from all over the world, I think it’s my duty by telling my story, but specifies that unfortunately my story is not considered a unique case in itself sporadically but it is only the tip of an iceberg that is trying to unmask the category of “scientism” that terror still require the use of vaccination practices.
    The tragedy that struck my family, has hit three of my four children.
    I state that my three children are affected by the reaction from the vaccine, were born perfectly healthy and that the manifestations of a disease may have appeared only after the first vaccine Sabin. A Mark, my firstborn, the folder was described the clinical symptoms that appeared after the Antipolo Sabin. The disturbances occurred (ocular nystagmus, tremors and defects to the word) had been made in relation to the pediatrician by Sabin, while other doctors had assumed various diagnoses such as brain tumor or degenerative encephalopathy, never confirmed by any analysis performed on the child. He died in 1971 at six years. The second son, born in 1970, there were problems. But the drama returns with the birth, which occurred in 1976, of two twins monovular. Despite my opposition to an iron law that I have imposed a mandatory absurd and dangerous, without any prior investigation, were vaccinated and the next day already began to emerge the first signs of any alteration. Submitted the medical records of the first shelters suffered by my children at various Universities: United States, England and even in Russia, in the latter country is speculated disease on immune deficiencies that would have confirmed the specific responsibility of the vaccinations. In my city, Verona, was placed the diagnosis of type metacromatic Leukodystrophy, a degenerative disease of the nervous system, this diagnosis was never confirmed by genetic tests also that we are submitting. Later Andrea, one of the twins, it is aggravated and was hospitalized for dehydration, despite my recommendation not to use drugs immune-suppressor, because the child was immune-compromised, of cortisone was used in a vein in five hours and my creature died. Later I came to know that the same drug was given to my first child before death. Even with the autopsy were able to have useful information to save the life of twin remained because there was denied the presence of a medical legal part, so that examination could not be trusted with our research. At one month after the death of Andrea, Alberto, was the sister, had to be hospitalized. Despite the opinion of doctors was to let it die, it was brought at our request, in resuscitation and asked a virologist of Naples, who previously had examined the child, they advised us of immune-stimulant. Subjected to treatment with interferon, the child began to improve slowly. After six months in hospital the baby was brought home with no letter of resignation. Sometime later, the requested medical records, I realized that they were different from those who copied each day during hospitalization. That is a statement presented to the judiciary. As a consequence of this was done by a judge issued a court notice to the Director at the Health Office in which he had been admitted to the child, later extended to primary pediatrics for “Fake ongoing public. At the end of this proceeding was filed.
    Many other shelters suffered Alberto, both in the same hospital in Verona than in other resuscitation: the Polyclinic of Milano, Merate in the province of Como, a Melegnano, near Milan, and finally was transferred automatically from the Polyclinic of Melegnano Verona. During all the different shelters my task was to ensure that treatments were applied immune-stimulant that we had given the first positive results. These therapies we were always advised by Professor Tarro of Naples, who was a pupil of Professor Sabin. It was always difficult if not impossible to apply this type of therapy to Alberto, as the doctors had ruled compact now that my son had to die. This was supported because discovery was not the responsibility of the vaccinations used on a subject, partially immune-compromised. Although our case had concerned the then President of the Republic, Sandro Pertini, putting pressure because the Health Minister Renato Altissimo established a Ministerial Commission, this without ever having seen a report drawn Alberto fake to hide the truth of the damage suffered by the vaccines. The last shelter Alberto had to suffer at the Polyclinic in Verona, where, in the opinion of health care, my son had to die a short time. I tried desperately to bring home my child, was seen as their way of thinking because the only solution of the problem for them was the culmination of the whole nefarious affair. At that juncture, because I could not survive in order to make my creature, even I did remove the “parental authority” by the Judge of children in Venice, to whom I addressed just to make them understand that he was committing a gross error. I managed to convince him to reinstate me in the parental responsibility, starting as early the now 1984 to manage my child at home, creating me resuscitation room “where previously arranged our master bedroom. During hospitalization all my wife Franca Alberto has always remained with him day and night to protect it from any abuse that the medical profession sought to implement.
    Many others had to suffer harassment by the Health, even if Alberto had not set foot in a hospital, controversy of any kind from the health institutions because they do not want to admit that the vaccinations were the cause of his illness and death of his brothers.
    Finally, in 1995, making recourse to law 210 of 1992, recognized by the state saw the “causation” of the damage suffered by subjecting our children to mandatory vaccinations.
    During all these years I efforts to establish associations in Italy to aggregate people like me who have suffered damage from the vaccine practices;
    also tried to pass a law that had developed with the Parliamentarians, to waive the obligation of these practices, but this goal in Italy has not been achieved because, in my opinion, the health policy that is implemented is left thumb yet the power of corporations of drugs. All this is proving that even in this area, some pseudo science, with the arrogance of his scientism, devoid of any scruple, trample continuously, with action in most cases illegal, every human right and civil matters. It imposes its power based on speculation that interest their progress based not on an open and accurate information, but rather on a complete and deliberate disinformation to get even the Occult of certain realities and impersonating preventing these practices prophylaxis that may, except to prevent anything.

  • Giorgiotremante

    This site is not going to scare people on the subject of vaccination, but the intent is to make us ask questions in order to understand if we parents are sufficiently aware of what can happen to our children when they are subjected to these practices.

  • Giorgiotremante

    WHEN COMING TO THE ATTENTION OF COUNTLESS SERIOUS NEGATIVE EFFECTS CAUSED by the indiscriminate use of certain practices, INSTEAD ‘makes it clear, He hides them and retains the obligation on those pseudo-HEALTH highly dangerous, not even bothering to PREPARE FINDINGS FOR QUOTES CAN BE AVOID POSSIBLE CONSEQUENCES Tragedy.

  • Giorgiotremante
  • Patrons99

    Here is another website resource that may be helpful to parents:


  • Patrons99

    “A quick comparison of the health of vaccinated vs. unvaccinated children may pique your further interest on the topic of vaccination. We’ll use autism rates as our measure.”


  • Awesome recommendation, Patrons99. I love that website!

  • Norma,

    You’re right. It seems as if the very people who are supposed to be watching over the safety of our children have their eyes wide shut in many instances.

  • Jeff Aufderheide

    I’ve seen those stats before. Disturbing.

  • Patrons99

    Not only should we strongly resist pharma’s effort to overturn state vaccine exemptions, we should strongly press our lawmakers, judges, and justices, for complete banning of all state and federal mandated inoculations. Of course, if we prevail on the latter (declaring all vaccine mandates unconstitutional), the former (preserving state vaccine exemptions) is superfluous.

    Those of us who don’t vaccinate don’t want to force our views on anyone – we just want to be left alone without being accused of spreading disease or FORCED to receive vaccinations. Our position is not in any way “extreme”. In fact, I would call it a moderate, well-reasoned, non-negotiable position – a position that respects everyone’s right to medical freedom.

  • Dcguy67
  • It’s a common ploy to say the ingredients are in such small amounts they ‘don’t matter’. However, that is simply misinformation and someone’s opinion. Show the safety data and blinded control tests for the ingredients on neonates… I’m guessing that it would be unethical on many levels though.

    Here’s a different opinion on the matter from more of an authoritative source other than Mr. Gorski’s opinion.

    “Pharmaceutical products may contain, in addition to the active or therapeutic agent(s), a variety of other ingredients, termed inactive or inert, which are categorized as excipients or additives (flavorings, sweeteners, preservatives, stabilizers, diluents, lubricants, etc.). The words inert or inactive may be misnomers for some excipients because some have been shown to cause adverse effects. Neonates and young children are at risk for such effects because they may not be able to metabolize or eliminate an ingredient in a pharmaceutical product in the same manner as an adult.”

    Encyclopedia of Pharmaceutical Technology Vol. 11
    Authors James Swarbrick & James C. Boylan
    1995 New York: Marcel Dekker, Inc.
    pp. 344

  • Patrons99

    “There are now many additives and adjuvants that are added without the victim’s knowledge.” Hmmmm! What’s that all about?

    “There has never been any proof that vaccines work to protect against disease. To know why is to understand that those with subclinical malnutrition do not have adequate immune defenses against disease. The WHO knows this and actually uses vaccines as a means of sterilising and culling people in order to satisfy their depopulation strategy. People who have adequate immune defenses have no need for vaccines. Vaccination programmes, held under the pretext of humanitarian aid, have been used to cause sterility in women by adding human chorionic gonadotrophin to the vaccine in order to develop antibodies against HCG, so that a pregnancy can not be maintained. There are now many additives and adjuvants that are added without the victim’s knowledge. They are deliberately designed to cause sterility, illness and ultimately death over an extended period of time so that the connection between the cause and the effect can not be ascertained. This negates the ability for anyone to sue the perpetrators successfully.” – Emanuel van den Bemd
    July 13, 2010


  • Mikejohnson511

    I think it’s important to note that these are the ingredients that the government/pharma ADMIT are in the vaccines. God knows what else is in there. Plus they don’t tell you anything about how the vaccines are made because that’s considered proprietary. In other words any additional dangers generated by the manufacturing process are hidden from parents

  • Mikejohnson511

    Well so what if it’s in ice cream? That makes it non-toxic? What kind of science is that? The location of a substance determines its toxicity?

  • Mike,

    To your point – there are entire texts about how to formulate vaccines. I like your comment because it speaks to the truth of the matter: vaccine formulation and manufacturing.

  • Joyce

    I love reading package inserts.   Clear as mud. 
    More than 7,000 infants and young children (≤2 years of age) have received at least one dose of ActHIB vaccine during US clinical trials. Of these, 1,064 subjects 12 to 24 months of age who received ActHIB vaccine alone reported no serious or life threatening adverse reactions.

  • Vaccination Scheduler

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  • Mamabear

    Yes! Very well said! I relate completely to your statement about us anti-vaxxers not wanting to push our views onto anyone, we just want to be left alone. That’s how I often feel regarding this issue: everyone just leave me alone and let me make my own decisions without requiring me to jump through hoops!

  • It is important to remember in the calculation of what this vaccine could do, is that it could prevent a disease that used to kill huge numbers of children in the US and still does in the developing world.

  • Barbara Ford

    Most states have vaccine exemptions, so their is some choice in the matter. Parents just have to take an extra step or two to get the exemption; just be prepared to exert your choice

  • Genevieve Coombs

    We do not live in the developing world and vaccines are not a guarantee of protection either.

  • Guest

    http://www.sciencebasedmedicine.org is obvious propaganda machine and about as useful as wikipedia .

  • Anon

    I would like to point out that just because chemicals have large words or numbers does not mean that they are bad for you. For example, Amino Acid is also known as protein. Table sugar is also known as sucrose and so on.
    I would also like to point out that that same VAERS mentioned earlier in this article only recieves “About 11,000 reports… each year: 10-15% [of these reports] involve hospitalization, permanent disability or considered life-threatening, about 2% [of these reports] involve deaths. Reports of adverse event are accepted by VAERS regardless of whether the vaccination is shown to have caused the adverse event.” according to the Johns Hopkins Bloomburg School of Public Health in February of this year. Compared to the millions that get vaccinated, this is a very small amount. It also means that “Adverse events following vaccination are rare and some are extremely rare, occurring in about 1-10 per 1,000,000 vaccinations or less.” That really boils down to only 0.0001% to 0.01% of people having any adverse affects at all. If you take into the equation that only 10 to 15 percent of people being hospitalized by these reactions, only .00001% to .0015% of people who are vaccinated are even hospitalized by an adverse reaction. Compare that with the risks of becoming hospitalized with serious vaccine preventable illnesses and I think you will finally understand why big, bad, bully pediatricians want you to vaccinate your child.

  • And how well did it turn out when vaccines contaminated with SV40 were injected into millions of children?

  • Anon

    As far as I know, the SV40 virus was only in contaminated polio vaccines in the 1950’s and 60’s. That argument is so outdated I didn’t even know about it. There have been some links between it and cancer in hamsters, but we have PCR now. For those who haven’t taken college level microbiology classes, PCR or polymerase chain reactions allow us to replicate DNA of viruses (like SV40) and bacteria at rapid rates so that they can then be identified. It basically takes the DNA of something so small it can only be seen under a microscope (or is too small to be seen under a microscope) and gives us enough DNA that we can identify the organism. This is an extremely valuable tool for diagnostics and since it’s invention in the 80’s we haven’t really had anything similar pop up in vaccines by accident. It is something parents now wouldn’t need to even think about. We have come a long way in science in medicine since the 1950’s.

  • OCH69

    I’ll leave you alone as long as you promise to leave me and my children alone. Keep your children out of schools and public areas where they put others at risk and I will happily leave you in peace.

  • Joy

    I’m confused. If your child is vaccinated they are protected right? How can an unvaccinated child put others who are vaccinated at risk?

  • OCH69

    Oh god, I can’t believe I’m actually having to reply to this. Please, Joy, educate yourself on herd immunity and stop pretending to be stupid. At least I am hoping you are pretending.

  • so silly..because there may not be an initial reaction does not mean health problems are not resulting. Allergies / asthma / etc.

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