Vaccine Education Center

Vaccine Ingredients

Some parents are concerned about the safety of ingredients found in vaccines, specifically aluminum, mercury, gelatin and antibiotics. However, parents can be reassured that ingredients in vaccines are minuscule and necessary. In this section, we address concerns related to the following vaccine ingredients:

CDC's Pink Book - vaccine ingredients

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has compiled the ingredient list for most vaccines into a table. While the table may be helpful for people concerned about particular allergies or ingredients, it is important to realize that the table does not indicate quantities in each vaccine. In most cases, the quantities are so minimal that they do not cause allergic reactions or dangerous levels of exposure. Further, many of these ingredients are commonly found in other products.

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