CDC had released a list of vaccine excipients in January 2017. Including questionable cellular components, bacterial strains and toxic chemicals this list calls for a sweeping scrutiny. This is because eight of the vaccine excipients, included in the list, contain glutaraldehyde. It is a toxic compound declared notorious in the healthcare industry.
Most of the questioned vaccines are against diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis. Note, these vaccines are intentionally injected into children younger than 7. These DTaP vaccines themselves are laden. Their side effects range from swelling and fever to serious conditions like severe allergic reactions, faster heart rate and constrained breathing.
The Toxicology Data Network, with a series of studies and peer reviews, associates the exposure of glutaraldehyde to an array of adverse health conditions. A study, published in Occupational Medicine, revealed that patients with glutaraldehyde-induced asthma indicate a higher proportion of eosinophils, basophils, and lymphocytes compared with atopic asthmatics and their healthier peers.
Moreover, another research revealed that healthcare personnel, constantly being exposed to glutaraldehyde, have eight times more risks of developing allergies to the chemical than those who had not been exposed to it.
An increasing number of case reports compiled by the TDN demonstrates that glutaraldehyde exposure may cause adverse conditions like,
- Chemical colitis
- Acute rectocolitis
How is Glutaraldehyde harmful?
As per the data from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), glutaraldehyde is a pungent chemical. It usually serves as a,
- Tanning agent
- Biocide in metalworking
- Preservative in cosmetics
- Hardening agent in x-rays
- Staple in embalming solutions
- Antimicrobial in water treatment systems
This hazardous chemical is a widely operated tissue fixative in histology and pathology laboratories. Moreover, glutaraldehyde is primarily used as a cold sterilant in the medical field. In addition, healthcare practitioners utilize this chemical to disinfect equipment that cannot be sterilized by heat. For example, surgical and dialysis instruments, endoscopes, bronchoscopes, and various other apparatus.
Both the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) along with the Toxicology Data Network (TDN) recognize glutaraldehyde as a toxic chemical. TDN further reveals that the compound is a registered pesticide in the U.S. The toxicity of the chemical can be understood by the fact that OSHA recommends other disinfecting methods, if available, instead of using glutaraldehyde.
OSHA records data, showing that the short term effects of glutaraldehyde exposure include,
- Eye irritation
- Skin corrosion (At high concentrations)
- Nose, throat and respiratory tract irritation
- Headaches and nausea
On the other hand, OSHA states that a long term exposure to this notorious chemical compound may lead to hypersensitivity. Moreover, this chemical can trigger sudden asthma attacks even if an individual encounters it at very small amounts. The health and safety managers identify glutaraldehyde as a potent cause for occupational asthma.
According to NIOSH, prolonged glutaraldehyde exposure may also lead to,
- Serious skin allergies
- Chronic eczema
- Allergic dermatitis
Taking into consideration, the ill repute of glutaraldehyde in a number of research and case studies, its presence in the vaccine excipients raises serious concerns about the safety of vaccinations, that is already disputed. It is an alarming situation because these vaccines especially target infants and children.