Why do some parents think that you might want to call poison control about your child’s vaccines?
Maybe because anti-vax folks think that all vaccine ingredients are toxins…
A Call to Poison Control About Vaccines
Of course, they aren’t, but that doesn’t stop folks from sharing the above story about the “call to poison control.”
Is the story true?
Of course not.
How can I be so sure?
Well for one thing, that’s not the original version of the “call to poison control…”
Apparently, this “friend” has been posting the poison control story for several years now.
In fact, the “call to poison control” is actually a pretty well known anti-vax copy pasta…
Wait, what? Copy pasta?
Yeah. Arguments or stories that people save and repeatedly copy and paste into online forums.
And as you are now suspecting, copy pasta is considered a form of spam…
In fact, this “call to poison control” copy pasta first appeared in 2017 and after going viral in anti-vax circles, it was clearly debunked – with a real call to poison control.
So what would happened if you called poison control with this kind of story?
“My question to you is how are these ingredients categorized? As benign or poison? (I ran a few ingredients, formaldehyde, Tween 80, mercury, aluminum, phenoxyethanol, potassium phosphate, sodium phosphate, sorbitol, etc.)”
As someone who has called poison control (1-800-222-1222) in the course of caring for his patients more than a few times, I can tell you that the conversation would go a lot differently than the copy pasta anti-vaccine story line.
Before answering your “benign or poison” question, the experts at poison control would want to know a little more information about why you were actually calling.
Did a child accidentally get a hold of one or more of these chemicals? After all, if a child somehow got a hold of elemental mercury and inhaled any of it, that could be a medical emergency.
The same with potassium phosphate and sodium phosphate.
Well too much sorbitol likely isn’t a medical emergency, unless your child is a diabetic, but it will likely cause a lot of diarrhea.
And when they found out that you were talking about vaccines?
They would likely nicely tell you that vaccines are not toxic.
“Thimerosal, a mercury-containing preservative, is found in some vaccines in very small amounts. (Mercury in vaccines has not been associated with human poisonings).”Chelation: Therapy or “Therapy”?
And that the ingredients in vaccines are not toxic.
“With mercury, as with other toxic substances, the amount of the substance that reaches target organs determines whether or not someone will be poisoned. To determine how much mercury is in someone’s body, blood levels are measured in cases of short-term, large exposures to mercury vapor. In chronic exposures, urine levels are measured to assess the likelihood of mercury poisoning. The fact that a substance can be measured in a person’s body fluids does not necessarily indicate poisoning.”Do Fillings Cause Mercury Poisoning?
And they would likely be very nice about it, because they are very nice people, even as they likely get these types of questions a little more than they should.
More on Vaccine Ingredients
- Fact Checking What Kids Receive When They Are Vaccinated
- Which Vaccines Contain Antifreeze?
- Which Vaccines Contain Heavy Metals?
- Ingested vs. Injected Vaccine Myths
- Are There Hidden Ingredients in Vaccines?
- What Are the Greatest Tricks Anti-Vaccine Folks Use to Persuade Parents to Skip Vaccines?
- Poison control is provax
- Do Fillings Cause Mercury Poisoning?
- Chelation: Therapy or “Therapy”?
- Vaccines Do Not Cause Autism
- Poison control center used as vaccine safety hotline
- Toxic myths about vaccines
- Toxic vaccine chemicals – the dose makes the poison
- Vaccines and toxins
- Demystifying Vaccine Ingredients – Formaldehyde
- The Toxin Gambit Part 2: Polysorbate 80
- Aluminum adjuvants in vaccines and the blood-brain barrier. Removing the facts from the fiction, the good science from the junk science.