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Reader Input: Vaccines need closer scrutiny

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Most people believe that vaccines are completely safe, that the research is sound, and the ingredients couldn’t harm a fly. If you are one of those people, fine. I’m no expert and I won’t just bluntly say or tell you to do anything.
However, I do wonder this: How many normal, everyday people have seen the label on the side of the can that listed exactly what was being put in your bloodstream every time that needle pierced your skin?
 What are the ingredients of most, if not all, vaccines?
There are, as most people would guess, more than just the almost-dead virus going into your bloodstream. Among those ingredients are thimerosal, aluminum, formaldehyde, phenol, ethylene glycol, benzethonium chloride, and methylparaben.
Thimerosal is a mercury compound, which is used as both a disinfectant and a preservative. It can cause brain injury and autoimmune disease.
Aluminum is added to promote an antibody response and is associated with Alzheimer’s disease and seizures. Formaldehyde is a disinfectant, a known cancer-causing substance and a toxic waste product that has no “safe zone” in a human’s body.
Phenol is a disinfectant and dye. Benzethonium chloride is a disinfectant. Methylparaben is an anti-fungal and preservative.
Ethylene glycol is also known as antifreeze. It’s in all engines so they won’t freeze. There are more ingredients for vaccines. I’d like to know them all. Do you?
LINDSEY BERG, student, Auburn