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Tetanus shots are commonplace, and are often recommended when children go to camp or join team sports. Any time you visit the doctor for an injury that breaks the skin, you’re offered (in such a way that makes it seem like a requirement) a tetanus shot—ostensibly to prevent death from the dreaded “lock-jaw” that can occur any time a deep wound is sustained.

The problem is, you really can’t get just a tetanus shot. The tetanus vaccine comes packaged with several others, so what you’re actually getting is the TD vaccine (diphtheria and tetanus), the DTaP (diphtheria, tetanus and acellular pertussis), or the Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis).

Why would you need a pertussis (whooping cough) or diphtheria shot if you’ve just stepped on a nail and want to avoid tetanus? You don’t.

And, getting a tetanus shot won’t help either because it takes weeks to gain immunity through the injection. If you’re going to get sick from an injury, the vaccine won’t make a difference in time to help! If you were to actually contract tetanus, you’d need to receive the tetanus antitoxin, which is not the same as the vaccine.

Will a tetanus shot really help if you step on a nail? The answer will surprise you. It's important to know what's really in that vial...

It’s not just unnecessary vaccination against other diseases and useless vaccination for tetanus that you’re getting, though… and the rest of what’s in the vial is actually a much bigger problem!

Here are the ingredients present in each of the vaccines, plus information about the growth mediums and process ingredients (which might not be listed on the CDC’s website). You can click the links to find out more each of these ingredients. The exact content of the injection varies by manufacturer, so each injection may contain any or all of the following.

TD Vaccine:

Growth Mediums & Processing Ingredients:Vaccine Ingredients:
Mueller and Miller medium, peptone-based medium, extract of bovine muscle tissue, formaldehyde, ammonium sulfate, casamino acid mediummodified Mueller’s growth medium, aluminum phosphate thimerosal, aluminum potassium sulfate adjuvant, formaldehyde, aluminum phosphate, sodium chloride, aluminum adjuvant, water for injection

DTaP Vaccine:

Growth Mediums & Processing Ingredients:Vaccine Ingredients:

modified Stainer-Scholte medium (added casamino acid, dimethyl-beta-cyclodextrin), glutaraldehyde, formaldehyde, aluminum phosphate, modified Mueller-Miller casamino acid medium (without beef heart infusion), ammonium sulfate, 2-phenoxyethanol, water for injection, modified Latham medium  derived from bovine casein, Fenton medium (containing bovine extract), formaldehyde, modified Stainer-Scholte liquid medium, aluminum hydroxide, glutaraldehyde 
aluminum phosphate, formaldehyde, glutaraldehyde, 2-phenoxyethanol, aluminum hydroxide, formaldehyde, polysorbate 80 (Tween 80), sodium chloride, water for injection

DTaP Vaccine:

Growth Mediums & Processing Ingredients:Vaccine Ingredients:
Mueller’s growth medium, Mueller and Miller medium, casamino acid medium (without beef heart infusion), Fenton medium (containing bovine casein), modified Latham medium  derived from bovine casein, Stainer-Scholte liquid medium, synthetic or semisynthetic
aluminum hydroxide, bovine extract, formaldehyde, glutaraldehyde, polysorbate 80 (Tween 80), aluminum phosphate, ammonium sulfate, 2-phenoxyethanol 

As you can see, the list is long and full of things that we normally try not to consume, let alone inject into our bodies.

Take a moment to click each ingredient and learn about it, and then consider sharing this with your doctor. It’s impossible to make an informed decision when you don’t have all the facts, and it’s equally as impossible for a doctor to help a patient make informed decisions when they don’t know what’s in the vaccinations they are prescribing.

Since the vaccine manufacturers are not going to volunteer to educate the public and the medical field about their products, it’s up to us to be informed and share what we know with others.

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