Does the Vitamin K Shot Contain 100mcg of Aluminum?

The vitamin K shot is not a vaccine.

That doesn’t keep anti-vaccine folks from pushing misinformation about it and scaring parents away from protecting their babies from vitamin K deficiency bleeding.

Does the Vitamin K Shot Contain 100mcg of Aluminum?

Newborns have been routinely getting vitamin K shots since at least since 1961.

Babies do not get 100mcg of aluminum from a shot of vitamin K.
Babies do not get 100mcg of aluminum from a shot of vitamin K.

And except for a brief “vitamin K brouhaha” in the early 1990s, when a study suggested that vitamin K shots might be associated with childhood cancer (they aren’t), these shots have helped to nearly eradicate hemorrhagic disease of the newborn.

So why would someone want to skip it?

The photo above suggests that they think newborns get too much aluminum from the shot. If you look closely though, you can see why they are wrong.

The vial and package insert of vitamin K clearly states that it contains no more than 100 mcg/L of aluminum.

What’s a baby’s dose of vitamin K? They don’t get a liter! They get a single IM shot of 1mg of vitamin K, or 0.5ml.

So they are obviously not getting 100mcg of aluminum.

Do you see why?

With a concentration of 100 mcg/L or 100 mcg/1000ml (remember that one liter is equal to 1000 milliliters), since they are only getting a 0.5ml dose of vitamin K, they are getting, at most, only 0.05 mcg of aluminum.

That’s 0.00005 mg of aluminum, as compared to the 0.225mg of aluminum in the Hib vaccine.

Why is aluminum even added to vitamin K?

It’s not.

Keep in mind that aluminum isn’t even listed as an ingredient of vitamin K. But according to FDA rules, “Applicants and manufacturers must use validated assay methods to determine the aluminum content in parenteral drug products.” .

And like many other IV fluids, another ingredient of vitamin K, 5% dextrous hydrous (sugar water), does often contain some aluminum, about 17.3mcg/L. These small amounts of aluminum are present “because practically all materials used to manufacture containers for pharmaceuticals contain Al.” From aluminum oxide in glass components to aluminum used as catalysts to make plastics, it is hard to avoid aluminum. But as we have learned that premature babies could get total parenteral nutrition for prolonged periods of time and be exposed to too much aluminum, the FDA has taken steps to limit this exposure.

Vitamin K shots also don't contain mercury!
Vitamin K shots also don’t contain mercury!

Unfortunately, some of those steps, like the labeling of aluminum in vitamin K ampules is used to scare parents.

What to Know About Aluminum in the Vitamin K Shot

Neither the trace amounts of aluminum  or any other ingredient in your baby’s vitamin K shot shouldn’t keep you from protecting him from vitamin K deficiency bleeding.

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5 thoughts on “Does the Vitamin K Shot Contain 100mcg of Aluminum?

  1. Vincent… thanks for posting the insert from Pfizer.

    The label shows death as an adverse reaction among other risks.
    They state the alcohol could be toxic and states “Benzyl alcohol has been reported to be associated with a fatal “Gasping Syndrome” in premature infants.

    They state Aluminum is toxic and has potential consequences. FDA says max allowable in drugs is 25mcg/L so if this drug has 100mcgs/L, then it’s 4 times the allowable. This is not a vitamin, it’s a drug. A vitamin doesn’t have a neurotoxin like aluminum in it.

    They go on to say “Research indicates that patients with impaired kidney function, including premature neonates, who receive parenteral levels of aluminum at greater than 4 to 5 mcg/kg/day accumulate aluminum at levels associated with central nervous system and bone toxicity. Tissue loading may occur at even lower rates of administration.”

    How do we know if the baby has impaired kidney function? How many babies are testes for impaired kidney function? Should we not be testing this first before even considering the shot? And do we really want to see if the baby’s newly developed organs can handle alcohol and aluminum?

    What is the impact on the baby, being stabbed with a sharp needle and injected with Aluminum and Alcohol among other things?

    Risk of Vitamin K deficiency is .25% to 1.7% and injecting this into a baby guarantees that they have aluminum in their system that will end up in their brain and tissue since their brain barrier isn’t formed yet. We guarantee they get toxic aluminum and alcohol injected into their blood stream with this shot.

    What is the short, mid and long term effects of having ANY aluminum in the brain? Small amounts does not mean it’s not effecting the baby throughout their life in minor to major ways. Where are the studies showing that ANY aluminum is safe in the brain.

    So I think I will take the .25 to 1.7% chance of Vitamin K dificiency vs the 100% risk of sticking aluminum in my baby’s brain.

    Read the pamphlet folks and understand the risks before doing anythinf. Drug inserts show the truth of the damage they do.

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