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Does the flu shot contain a vaginal spermicide?

Many of us are used to hear some far out claims from anti-vaccine folks?

And most of us understand that none of them are true.

There is no antifreeze in vaccines.

And while many vaccines may contain aluminum, formaldehyde, albumin, gelatin, antibiotics, polysorbate 80, and yeast proteins, these are not toxic or dangerous.

Why are those ingredients in a vaccine?

They might be used as an adjuvant, inactivating ingredient, preservative, stabilizer, or as a growth medium.

Does the flu shot contain a vaginal spermicide?

The latest scare story from anti-vaccine folks is that flu shots contain a vaginal spermicide.

Now why would a vaginal spermicide be needed in a vaccine?

To make a long story short - flu vaccines don't contain a vaginal spermicide.
To make a long story short – flu vaccines don’t contain a vaginal spermicide.

It wouldn’t.

Anti-vaccine folks who have exposed are spreading this misinformation have confused octoxynol-9, a vaginal spermicide, with octoxynol-10, an ingredient in vaccines.

Aren’t they the same thing?

While both are a type of Triton X-100 nonionic surfactant, as you likely suspect, they are different. And that’s where the confusion sets in.

“Nonionic surfactant mixtures varying in the number of repeating ethoxy (oxy-1,2-ethanediyl) groups. They are used as detergents, emulsifiers, wetting agents, defoaming agents, etc. Octoxynol-9, the compound with 9 repeating ethoxy groups, is a spermatocide.”

PubChem on Triton X-100

In contrast to octoxynol-9, the compound octoxynol-10 has 10 repeating ethoxy groups.

Octoxynol-10 in Flu Vaccines

Octoxynol-10, which is also known as octylphenol ethoxylate, is a surfactant that is used in some flu vaccines in a 1% concentration to help further inactivate and then “split” the inactivated influenza virus that will ultimately be used in the vaccines.

“The majority of marketed seasonal influenza vaccines are prepared using viruses that are chemically inactivated and treated with a surfactant. Treating with surfactants has important consequences: it produces ‘split viruses’ by solubilizing viral membranes, stabilizes free membrane proteins and ensures a low level of reactogenicity while retaining high vaccine potency.”

Lee et all on Quantitative determination of the surfactant-induced split ratio of influenza virus by fluorescence spectroscopy.

A “low level of reactogenicity” means less side effects. That’s good.

Octoxynol-10 also acts as a stabilizer.

Like many other non-active ingredients, it is mostly filtered out from the final vaccine product.

How much is left?

Only residual amounts.

In Fluzone, it is reported to be at a maximum amount of ≤250 mcg per dose.

Do you know the dose of octoxynol-9 that was used in vaginal spermicides? At least 50mg (one applicator full), inserted vaginally before sex. Keep in mind that since they don’t protect against STD’s, they are typically used in combination with other forms of birth control.

What to Know About Octoxynol-10 in Flu Vaccines

Octoxynol-10 is an important ingredient of flu vaccines and is mostly filtered out of the final vaccine.

More About Octoxynol-10 in Flu Vaccines

7 thoughts on “Does the flu shot contain a vaginal spermicide?”

  1. So it is not in the depo shot this polysorbate 80? You sure? Maybe you should check again hmmm? You are about as believable as snopes…

  2. This is all propaganda, I have the original package insert of the FluQuadri Influenza vaccine, which clearly states that it has Octoxinol 9 in it!!!! You bunch of liars! your day in the heavenly court will come and you will give account for all this propaganda, all the pain and suffering you have caused of innocent children and adults. I have family members and friends with autistic children and it is only the vaccinated children that have the autism – explain that!

  3. The ingredients clearly state it is octoxinol-9 from multiple sources including the original ingredients provided by the manufacturer

  4. Your point about Octoxinol 9 where you imply that this is not used in any flu vaccines is false. Octoxinol 9 is listed as an ingredient in FluQuadri made by Sanofi.

  5. Aluminium IS a well known NEURO-TOXIN and accumulates in the fatty tissues, such as the brain (especially when injected straight into the bloodstream, bypassing the digestive tract). And Polysorbate 80 actually increases the permeability of the blod-barain barrier! Add Formaldehyde to the mixture… and…. You were sayng “none of these are toxic or dangerous”….??? Really?!?

  6. Miss Faye Katirai

    Octoxinol-9 is present in the quadrivalent influenza vaccine listed ingredients. Octoxynol-9 was previously a common spermicide, but was removed from the U.S. market in 2002 after manufacturers failed to perform new studies required by the FDA. There is a spermicide in a flu a shot.

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