Raggedy Ann and Vaccines

How is Raggedy Ann associated with vaccines? Johnny Gruelle wrote children’s book in the early 20th century. He created Raggedy Ann and Raggedy Andy sometime before 1914 and wrote a number of stories about his daughter Marcella playing with the dolls. Tragically, his daughter later died when she was 13 years old, reportedly after getting …

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Adjuvant 65 in Vaccines and the Peanut Allergy Epidemic

An adjuvant is classically defined as “an ingredient of a vaccine that helps create a stronger immune response in the patient’s body.” The most commonly used adjuvant in vaccines in the United States is aluminum. Monophosphoryl lipid A is another adjuvant that is used in one brand of HPV vaccine. Not all vaccines have adjuvants though. …

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Disappearing Diseases

A common argument of those who push non-standard, parent-selected, delayed protection vaccine schedules is that kids are no long at risk for many vaccine-preventable diseases any more because those diseases have disappeared. After all, when was the last time you saw polio or diphtheria in the United States? How about measles, mumps, or pertussis? Oops. …

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Aborted Fetal Tissue

Vaccines do not contain aborted fetal tissue. Some vaccines are made with fetal embryo fibroblast cells from cell lines that are derived (they can replicate infinitely) from two electively terminated pregnancies in the 1960s. That certainly does not mean that any vaccines contain aborted fetal tissue or fetal parts though. The original cells aren’t even …

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