Aluminum in Vaccines: A Neurological Gamble

… From 1999 through 2002, several mercury-laced vaccines w ere phased out of the recommended immunization schedule. They were replaced with low-mercury, or “thi merosal-free,” vaccines. However, during this so-called “phaseout” period, four doses of a new vaccine containi ng high aluminum content were added to the childhood immunization schedule (for pneumococcal disease). Two doses of another aluminum-containing vaccine (for Hib) were added in 2005—a 20% increase in aluminum content since the mercury phaseout. 9

Several vaccines contain high amounts of aluminum. Babies receive multiple doses of these aluminum-containing shots. For example, the hepatitis B vaccine (Engerix-B) is given at birth, 2 and 6 months of age. Each dose contains 250 micrograms (mcg) of aluminum. The DTaP shot (Infanrix) is given at 2, 4, 6 and 15 months. Each dose contains 625mcg of aluminum. The Hib vaccine (Pedvax) is given at 2, 4 and 12 months. Each dose contains 225 mcg of aluminum. The pneumococcal vaccine (PCV/Prevnar) is given at 2, 4 , 6 and 12 months. Each dose contains 125mcg of aluminum. The hepatitis A vaccin e (Havrix) is given at 12 and 18 months. Each dose contains 250mcg of aluminum. Thus, babies who follow the CDC immunization schedule are injected with nearly 5000mcg (5mg!) of aluminum by 18 months of age.

(Since some shot dates are variable, babies may receive up to 1,475mcg of aluminum at their 12- month or 15-month checkups! ) …

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