Adjuvants are added to ‘promote’ an immune response by absorbing the antigens onto aluminium salts to slow their release, and also by piggy-backing the antigen to a bacterial toxoid such as tetanus or diphtheria. The toxoid content of both the tetanus and diphtheria vaccines has been diluted over the years because of the risk of hypersensitive allergic reactions.


Aluminium is in almost every vaccine given to children and adults. Its mechanism of action is still unclear and experimental studies show that the vaccine antigens (virus or
bacteria) disappear within a few hours, despite its addition to vaccines for almost 80 years.54 In contrast the aluminum can accumulate in our bodies and has been found at the site of injection up to eight years after vaccination.55

We know that –

  • Aluminium is readily transported into brain tissue and is a neurotoxic (toxic to the nervous system) substance.56
  • Vaccines containing aluminium have been associated with the development of allergies in experimental animals and humans.57
  • The gradual build-up of aluminium and mercury in the brain can lead to ‘cognitive dysfunction’ and aluminium should be considered to possibly induce Alzheimers disease.58
  • The immature kidneys of an infant cannot excrete the aluminium in vaccines and it accumulates in their bodies. The amounts added exceed the recommended safe level by up to 1000 times.59
  • Side effects attributed to aluminium include pain, erythema (redness), swelling, long lasting itchy nodules and abscesses.
  • Increases in the number of cases of multiple sclerosis, diabetes, asthma, eczema and allergies may be linked to aluminium in vaccines but have not been studied.
  • Macrophagic myofasciitis syndrome is diagnosed from muscle biopsies where injections have been given; they show aluminium hydroxide present. The symptoms include muscle and joint pain, fatigue and in some cases serious neurological diseases such as MS.60

54 Nokleby H, Expert Rev Vaccines 2007;6(5):863-869
55 Malakoff D, Science 2000, May 26;288(5470):1323-1324
56 Committee on Nutrition, Aluminium toxicity in infants and children, Pediatrics 1986 Dec; 78(6): 1150-1154
57 White, H. Hepatitis B Vaccine, June 2001 Update, references 53-63
58 Dr H Fudenberg, NVIC International Vaccine Conference, Arlington, September 1997
59 Vaccination? It’s your informed choice, Dr Peter Baratosy, 2004
60 IBID, 54

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