Vaccine Education Center

Vaccines and DNA

Do vaccines contain DNA?

Some people wonder whether the vaccines made using human embryo cells (chickenpox, rubella, hepatitis A, shingles and one version of the rabies vaccine) could cause harm if the DNA from the embryo cells “mixes” with the vaccine recipient’s DNA. This is not likely to happen:

Read more about the using human embryo cells»

Reviewed by: Paul A. Offit, MD
Date: April 2013
 

Materials in this section are updated as new information and vaccines become available. The Vaccine Education Center staff regularly reviews materials for accuracy.

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