Because human embryo cells are used to make a few vaccines, including the chickenpox, rubella, hepatitis A, shingles and one version of the rabies vaccines, people have asked whether proteins from these fetal cells are still present in the final vaccine preparations.
Viruses are purified during vaccine production; therefore, it is unlikely that proteins from the human cells used to grow them would survive intact or in quantities sufficient to cause harm.
Reviewed by: Paul A. Offit, MD
Date: April 2013
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