Consumer: “May I please have the package insert for the flu vaccine?”
Rite-Aid Pharmacist: “Why?”
C: “So I can read it.”
P: “Which one?”
C: “The one advertised with the little banners on every aisle.”
P: “I will print you the information sheet.”
C: “No, that’s not the same thing.”
P: “What do you want to know? I can tell you.”
C: “I would just like to read the whole thing before I consider getting one…side effects, contraindications, effectiveness, ingredients like mercury.”
P: “I don’t think I have any. Let me check. [checks] Sorry, I can’t give you one until the box is empty, because it has to stay in the box. And there isn’t any thimerisol in the single dose flu shot any more. I can print you the information sheet.”
Pharmacy co-worker with big smile at me: “Hi, I found one.” (hands insert to P, hands to me).
Formaldehyde: A chemical usually used in building materials, as well as industrial fungicide. In medical laboratories, it is used as a preservative. Long-term effects have not been fully studied, as the National Cancer Institute admits. A study of funeral industry workers found a link between formaldehyde and myeloid lukemia, and professionals such as anatomists and embalmers reported increased risks of leukemia and brain cancer when working with formaldehyde.
Octylphenol ethoxylate (Triton X-100): is a product created by a few chemical companies including DOW. It is used for “wetting, detergency, superior hard surface, metal cleaning and excellent emulsification” in paints, coatings, oilfield chemicals, textiles, and industrial cleaners. In 1995 an article raised a question if this chemical is toxic to the reproductive system. In the fact sheet for Triton, the chemical is listed as possibly toxic to specifically the female reproductive system, and mutagenic for mammalian somatic cells (may change DNA of skin, bones, blood and connective tissue cells.
Thimerosal (standard dosage multi-dose vial): is a mercury-based preservative used in flu shots and some childhood vaccines. The ingredient has caused a lot of controversy since 1990s. It is a
Neurotoxin; it can cause nerve damage, and FDA knows of numerous cases of mercury poisoning caused by thimerosal.
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