According to several news reports, flu vaccines made by Novartis have been withdrawn in Germany and Italy after “small particles” were found in the vaccines in Italy.
In recent years, Baxter’s H1N1 pandemic flu vaccine was found to be contaminated with avian flu virus, Merck’s Gardasil has been found to be contaminated with DNA fragments of human papillomavirus (HPV), Merck’s RotaTeq was found to be contaminated with two pig viruses, GlaxoSmithkline’s Rotarix was contaminated with one pig virus, and now some Novartis flu vaccines have been found to contain “small particles”.
Isn’t vaccine manufacture supposed to be a highly sophisticated and controlled process? If so, how is it that so many vaccines in recent years have been found to contain foreign, potentially dangerous, contaminants? And why is it that the vaccines are often recalled when these problems are discovered only to be put back on the market with pat reassurances from regulators that it is nothing to worry about. To be fair, there has yet to be confirmation from Novarits whether the particles in their flu vaccines are foreign.
Nevertheless, yesterday we blogged about new research showing that components of the Gardasil vaccine, that are supposed to be in the vaccine, had crossed the blood brain barrier in two women and led to inflammation of the brain and a fatal autoimmune response. When vaccines can cause death with ingredients they are supposed to contain, is it really nothing to worry about when vaccines are found repeatedly to contain things they are not supposed to contain?
Read the news reports about Novartis flu vaccines and here.