Growing up, my education on vaccines came in the history of smallpox and how milk-maids who had had cowpox, appeared to be immune from catching smallpox, or at least sying from it. The history lesson went that Jenner took the pus from a pustule, and injected it into a human being. Eeewwww, hands up if you think that sounds like a good idea?
Back in the early days of innoculation, they weren’t really aware of other contaminants that were being introduced and cross-transferring from bovine to human, things like bovine TB, foot and mouth disease. Dr Suzanne Humphries MD explains more about this in her book “Dissolving Illusions“.
Are bovine products still used in the manufacturing of vaccines today? Well yes they still are, according to the US Food & Drug Administration. Why are they used? Well according to the FDA website:
“because cows are very large animals, commonly used for food, and thus much material is available.“
Many different parts of the cow are used, at different stages of the cow’s life, some specifically are used when the animal is still a calf.
More can be read on Dr Sheri Tenpenny’s site which has a wealth of information.
She is much more knowledgable than me on the subject of vaccines, so I will provide a link to her website for you to read for yourself, the 8 different parts of the cow that are used, and what they are used for. Vaxxter is Dr Tenpenny’s website
Here is a list of vaccines that use foetal bovine serum.
- All DTaP vaccines: Infanrix, Kinrix, Pediarix, Pentacel
- Teen Tdap vaccines: Adacel, Boostrix
- Tetanus boosters: DT, dT, TT (no longer readily available)
- Hepatitis A
- ProQuad – (MMR + V)
- Japanese Encephalitis
- Varivax and
- Zostavax (shingles vaccine).
As the word suggests, the serum is taken from a foetus. Yes you heard and are probably imagining right, that is the unborn calf. The logisitcs of obtaining the serum are as gruesome as you might imagine. Again Dr Tenpenny describes it quite clearly on her website which you can find on the link above.
And let us not forget Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy or BSE, mad cow disease. It is quite likely that it transferred from animals to humans via the vaccine link.
I often wonder if my friends who are vegetarian know about the ingredients that are found in vaccines, and how they are obtained.
4.4.19 I have just come across this trailer for a vimeo video on the “Mad Cow Disease” which had such a profound effect on the beef and cattle industry here in the UK.
Cows, Cash and Cover-ups? Investigating Variant CJD from Partickular Films on Vimeo.
Hands up if this blog post has made you feel sick?