Aluminum levels in Vaccines; Why so high?

intradermic-needle-1323034-639x359The FDA officially recommends parenteral levels of aluminium be no greater than 5 micrograms(µg)/kg/day.

Research indicates that patients with impaired kidney function, including premature neonates, who receive parenteral levels of aluminum at greater than 4 to 5 [micro]g/kg/day accumulate aluminum at levels associated with central nervous system and bone toxicity. Tissue loading may occur at even lower rates of administration.” (1)

So for an 8 pound baby they should receive no more than 18.18µg per day ((8 / 2.2) * 5mg). For a 15lb baby, 34.09µg. A 30lb child 68.18µg and for a 50lb child 113µg.

Why then are the following levels acceptable in vaccines? (2)

  • Pneumococcal vaccine: 125µg/dose.
  • DTaP: < 17µg/dose to < 625µg/dose.
  • Haemophilus influenza type B: 225µg/dose.
  • Heb B: 225µg/dose.
  • Hep A: 225µg/dose.
  • HPV: 225µg/dose.

Unless my math is wrong, clearly these levels are much higher than the recommended safety levels!

Now the FDA recommendation is specifically geared towards those who have impaired kidney function but the question is, how many babies are tested for kidney function before receiving these injections?

Sources

  1. http://www.accessdata.fda.gov/scripts/cdrh/cfdocs/cfcfr/cfrsearch.cfm?fr=201.323
  2. http://www.chop.edu/centers-programs/vaccine-education-center/vaccine-ingredients/aluminum

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