Vaccines:  Who Makes them and What’s in them?
Compiled by Dawn Winkler
of Concerned Parents for Vaccine Safety

BIAVAX
Rubella and mumps virus vaccine live.  Merck & Company, Inc., 1-800-672-6372.  Produced using neomycin, sorbitol, and hydrolyzed gelatin.  Medium:  human diploid cells originating from human aborted fetal tissue.

DPT
Diphtheria and tetanus toxoids acellular pertussis vaccine adsorbed.  SmithKline Beecham Pharmaceuticals, 1-800-366-8900, extension 5231.  Produced using aluminum phosphate, formaldehyde, ammonium sulfate, washed sheep red blood cells, glycerol, sodium chloride, and thimerosol.*  Medium:  porcine (pig) pancreatic hydrolysate
of casein.

FLUSHIELD
Influenza Virus Vaccine, Trivalent, Types A & B.  Wyeth-Ayerst, 1-800-934-5556.  Produced using gentamicin sulfate, formaldehyde, po!ysorbate 80, tri(n) butylphosphate,  and thimerosol.*  Medium:  chick embryos.

FLU VIRIN
Influenza Virus Vaccine.  Medeva Pharmaceuticals, 1 -888-MEDEVA (716- 274-5300).  Produced using embroyonic fluid (chicken egg), neomycin, polymyxin, thimerosol,* and betapropiolactone.  Medium:  embryonic fluid (chicken egg).

HAVRIX
Hepatitis A.  SmithKline Beecham Pharmaceuticals, 1-800-366-8900, extension 5231.  Produced using formalin, aluminum hydroxide, phenoxyethanol (antifreeze), polysorbate 20, and residual MRC5 proteins (from medium). Medium:  human diploid cells (originating from human aborted fetal tissue).

IM0 VAX
Rabies Vaccine Adsorbed.  Connaught Laboratories, 1-800-822-2463.  Produced using human albumin, neomycin sulfate, and phenol red indicator.  Medium:  human diploid cells (originating from human aborted fetal tissue).

IPOL
Inactivated Polio Vaccine.  Connaught Laboratories, 1-800-822-2463.  Produced using three types of polio virus, formaldehyde, phenoxyethanol (anti-freeze), neomycin, streptomycin, and polymyxin B.  Medium:  VERO cells, a continuous line of monkey kidney cells.

MERUVAX II
Rubella Virus Vaccine Live.  Merck & Company, 1-800-672-6372.  Produced using neomycin, sorbitol, and hydrolyzed gelatin.  Medium: human diploid cells (originating from human aborted fetal tissue).

M-R VAX
Measles and Rubella Virus Vaccine Live.  Merck & Company, 1-800-672-6372. Produced using neomycin, sorbitol, and hydrolyzed gelatin.  Mediums:  M & M -- chick embryo.  Rubella -- human diploid cells (originating from human aborted fetal tissue).

MMR
Measles Mumps Rubella Live Virus Vaccination.  Merck & Company, 1-800-672-6372.  Produced using sorbitol, neomycin, and hydrolyzed gelatin.  Mediums:  M & M -- chick embryo.  Rubella -- human diploid cells (originating from human aborted fetal tissue).

MUMPSVAX
Mumps Virus Vaccine Live.  Merck & Company, 1-800-672-6372.  Produced using neomycin, sorbitol, and hydrolyzed gelatin.  Medium: human diploid cells (originating from human aborted fetal tissue).

ORIMUNE
Poliovirus Vaccine Live Oral Trivalent.  Lederle Laboratories, 1-800-934-5556.  Produced using three types of attenuated polioviruses, streptomycin, neomycin, calf serum, and sorbitol.  Medium:  monkey kidney cell culture.

RABIES VACCINE ADSORBED
SmithKline Beecham Pharmaceuticals, 1-800-366-8900, extension 5231.  Produced using betapropiolactone, aluminum phosphate, sodium ethylmercurithiosalicyate (thimerosol),* and phenol red.  Medium:  fetal rhesus monkey lung cells.

RECOMBIVAX
Hepatitis B Vaccine Recombinant.  Merck & Company, 1-800-672-6372.  Produced using thimerosol* and aluminum hydroxide.  Medium:  yeast (residual; less than 1 percent yeast protein).

VARIVAX
Varicella Virus Vaccine Live.  Merck & Company, 1-800-672-6372.  Produced using sucrose, phosphate, glutamate, and processed gelatin.  Medium:  human diploid cells (originating from human aborted fetal tissue).

* Warning:  Thimerosal is a chemical compound that contains 49.6 percent mercury as a preservative.  Mercury is one of the most dangerous toxins known to scientists.  This is 100 times the exposure that the Environmental Protection Agency's Poison Control Center guidelines consider safe for the average-sized infant, as mercury is
known to cause neurotoxicity and brain damage that mirrors the symptoms of autism.
 

For more information, see the website of Concerned Parents for Vaccine Safety .

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