Sunday, September 13, 2009

What's in Glaxo's H1N1 (Swine Flu) Vaccine?

A list of components of GlaxoSmithKline H1N1 vaccine is making the rounds on the Internet, which seems to have originated at the blog "Case About Bird Flu". The original article is actually about Glaxo's H5N1 bird flu vaccine Prepandrix, but it has been disseminated as about H1N1 swine flu vaccine.

Before dismissing it as disinformation or hoax (the original article is neither, as it is talking about bird flu vaccine), let's take a look at the ingredients OTHER THAN FLU VIRUS itself. Glaxo may use the same or similar ingredients to create H1N1 vaccine that they used in H5N1 vaccine.

GlaxoSmithKline's press release says the H1N1 flu vaccine will use Glaxo's proprietary AS03 adjuvant system. Adjuvant formulation is used in order to boost higher immune response when using a smaller amount of antigen (i.e. H1N1 virus). This is important for drug companies like Glaxo and the governments who want to prepare a large number of doses as quickly as possible. Glaxo's press release describes the benefit as follows: "The vaccine containing the adjuvant system therefore helps to substantially increase the number of vaccine doses that can be provided for mass vaccination."

It goes on to say that the same adjuvant system AS03 is used in H5N1 pre-pandemic and pandemic bird flu vaccine, and shown to have "an acceptable safety and reactogenicity [capacity to cause adverse reaction] profile". Emphasis is mine. Note the word "acceptable".

So, it may still be useful to look at the ingredients of Glaxo bird flu vaccine to guess what may be in their swine flu vaccine. We know now for sure that AS03 adjuvant system is used. Let's start with AS03.

AS03: (Aka. "Adjuvant System 03") is a trade name for a Squalene based Immunologic adjuvant used in various vaccine product by GlaxoSmithKline (GSK). It may also be used in the A/H1N1 pandemic flu vaccine. (

So now, what is Squalene?

According to Dr. Russell Blaylock [emphasis is mine];

"Novartis, the second contender, also has an agreement with WHO for a pandemic vaccine. Novartis appears to have won the contract, since their vaccine is near completion. What is terrifying is that these pandemic vaccines contain ingredients, called immune adjuvants that a number of studies have shown cause devastating autoimmune disorders, including rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis and lupus.

"Animal studies using this adjuvant have found them to be deadly. A study using 14 guinea pigs found that when they were injected with the special adjuvant, only one animal survived. A repeat of the study found the same deadly outcome.

"So, what is this deadly ingredient? It is called squalene, a type of oil. The Chiron company, maker of the deadly anthrax vaccine, makes an adjuvant called MF-59 which contains an ingredient of serious concern--squalene. A number of studies have shown that squalene can trigger all of the above-mentioned autoimmune diseases when injected."

Squalene's property to stimulate and boost immune reaction, the very reason why it is used as adjuvant, is the problem itself, it seems:

"Because squalene, the main ingredient in MF-59, can induce hyperimmune responses and induce autoimmunity, a real danger exists for prolonged activation of the brain’s immune cells, the microglia. This type of prolonged activation has been strongly associated with such diseases as multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, ALS and possibly vaccine-related encephalitis. It has been shown that activation of the systemic immune system, as occurs with vaccination, rapidly activates the brain’s microglia at the same time, and this brain inflammation can persist for long periods."

The danger is the prolonged brain inflammation caused by activation of brain's immune cells by squalene. In other words, your immune system may go overdrive and start attacking your own body due to artificially heightened stimulation by squalene.

Novartis's adjuvant MF59, Sanofi-Pasteur's AF03 are also squalene-based.

The rest of the ingredients for Glaxo's H5N1 bird flu vaccine, as listed in "Case About Bird Flu" blog, are as follows. Ingredients with possible adverse effects are in green:

alpha-tocopherol (a type of vitamin E)
aluminum adjuvant
disodium phosphate: food additive
magnesium chloride
octoxynol 10: detergent
polysorbate 80 (Tween 80): food additive; part of AS03 adjuvant system
potassium chloride: it is used in executions by lethal injection.
potassium dihydrogen phosphate: used in fertilizer, food additive, fungicide
sodium chloride
sodium deoxycholate
thiomersal (thimerosol): this is MERCURY
vitamin E


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