FDA (Biologics): You Be the Judge!

Vaccines, Blood & Biologics

Vaccines, Blood & Biologics
Safety & Availability (Biologics)
Vaccine Safety & Availability

FDA: Safety & Availability (Biologics)

Vaccine Safety & Availability

Common Ingredients in U.S. Licensed Vaccines

July 7, 2011

The vast majority of the over one billion doses of vaccines manufactured worldwide each year are given to healthy babies, children and adults.  Thus, it is critical that vaccines be demonstrated to be safe and effective.  FDA demands that vaccines undergo a rigorous and extensive development program in the laboratory, as well as in animal studies and human clinical trials, to determine their safety and effectiveness.  Highly trained FDA scientists and clinicians carefully review all the information in a marketing application before approval and use by the public. Prior to licensure, as part of FDA’s review, FDA takes all the ingredients into account, including the active ingredients as well as other substances.  After FDA approves a vaccine, FDA and CDC continuously monitor its safety.

Why is aluminum in some vaccines? 

Are other adjuvants used in US vaccines?

Why are antibiotics in some vaccines?

Why is formaldehyde in some vaccines?

Why are sugars, amino acids, and proteins added to some vaccines?

Why are there preservatives in some vaccines?

Why is fetal calf/bovine serum in some vaccines?

Page Link:  http://www.fda.gov/BiologicsBloodVaccines/SafetyAvailability/VaccineSafety/ucm187810.htm


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