A wonderful aid to consumers, definitely merits bookmarking for perusal for when readers are confronted by the particular issues. Here are some selected extracts from one vaccine insert, which highlight the type of useful information available and the potential dangers that are not usually readily supplied to patients.
Merck – RECOMBIVAX HB is a vaccine indicated for prevention of infection
caused by all known subtypes of hepatitis B virus.
“2.1 Dosage and Schedule RECOMBIVAX HB:
Persons from birth through 19 years of age: A series of 3 doses (0.5 mL each) given on a 0-, 1-, and 6-month schedule.”
[What do readers think about a newborn baby receiving the same dose as a 19 year old adult?]
“5.3 Infants Weighing Less Than 2000 g
Hepatitis B vaccination should be delayed until 1 month of age or hospital discharge in infants weighing <2000 g if the mother is documented to be HBsAg negative at the time of the infant’s birth.”
[What do readers think about this criteria? Firstly, less than 2000gm – delay vaccination, 2010gm – apparently ok. Secondly, if mother not HBsAg negative, apparently no minimum weight limitation]
“5.4 Prevention and Management of Allergic Vaccine Reactions
Appropriate medical treatment and supervision must be available to manage possible anaphylactic reactions following administration …” [The need for this is surely a warning to us, how often is it not complied with? My emphasis BTW.]
Do not administer RECOMBIVAX HB to individuals with a history of severe allergic or hypersensitivity
reactions (e.g., anaphylaxis) after a previous dose of any hepatitis B-containing vaccine or to any
component of RECOMBIVAX HB, including yeast [see Description (11)].” [This is obviously precautionary but surely means that severe reactions do occur (the first time and not just rarely), when there is no history to guide decision making.]
“In healthy adults, injection site reactions and systemic adverse
reactions were reported following 17% and 15% of the injections,
respectively. (6.1)” [So, 15% eh? hardly insignificant!]
All this contra-vaccinating data and still the authorities make vaccination of newborn babies mandatory or at least recommended. In this case for a disease that is only remotely likely to affect babies, unless the hospital has cases and inadequate isolation.
Below are the list of vaccines manufactured in the United States. Every effort has been made to maintain the accuracy of this list. You will notice some vaccines listed more than once. For example, if you look for the MMR vaccine you will see it listed three separate times below. This is because one vaccine contains the antigens for measles, mumps, and rubella.
For your ease of use, you can use the column headers to quickly and easily sort by vaccine, brand name, or manufacturer. Instantly download each vaccine package insert by clicking on the ‘PDF’ icon. Notice the search bar on the right side as it will automatically filter the vaccine list as you type.
The list is linked here.