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January 30th, 2009, 07:21 AM
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A lot of parents I've talked to online say that they're not anti-vax, they just want the toxins removed. What they don't understand is that the things they perceive as toxic act as a preservative and if we removed them, the shelf life of vaccines would be greatly diminished. After thimerosol was removed from vaccines, we started having shortages, like the Hib shortage. If all preservatives were removed from vaccines, they would cost too much money to make and store and there would be a higher risk of other bacteria growing in the vaccine. Are there other reasons why preservatives are important/not dangerous in vaccines? This is a growing concern and is a major reason why people consider not vaccinating. I also feel that it's something that isn't addressed when talking about vaccines and that maybe if we explained the reasoning behind it, people would understand.

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February 1st, 2009, 12:01 AM
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I hadn't thought about it!
I haven't ever considered vaccines "toxic". Sure there are lots of "yucky" ingredients, but that's true in many things, and I guess I've always thought that just because something is bad for us in large amounts doesn't mean it can't have it's benefits in small amounts - like vitamins for example, and many herbs - they are beneficial to us in small amounts but toxic in overdose.
I feel confident that the doctors and scientists who develop vaccines know what safe levels are.

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February 1st, 2009, 09:19 AM
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^^^ I totally look at it that way too. I mean an overdose of IRON is soooo bad, can be fatal, yet get a recommend dose is vital to our health

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