Calcium Chloride in Vaccines

Calcium Chloride in Vaccines: Limited Information Available
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Vaccine Excipient and Media Summary lists two vaccines that contain calcium chloride:

  • Rotavirus (Rotarix) approved for use in infants six weeks to 24 weeks of age
  • Influenza (Afluria) approved for use in persons over the age of nine

Calcium Chloride: Materials Safety Record and Toxicity
According to the Materials and Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) on ScienceLab.com, calcium chloride is hazardous in case of skin contact (irritant), eye contact (irritant), ingestion and inhalation. The MSDS does not address the effects of calcium chloride through injection. Toxicological information is provided by the MSDS, which describes the biological effects of calcium chloride on humans as:
Mutagenic for mammalian somatic cells, mutagenic for bacteria and/or yeast and may cause damage to the following organs: heart, cardiovascular system. May affect genetic material based on animal data. May cause cancer (tumorigenic) based on animal data.11
The MSDS further provides these special remarks of its effects on humans:
Skin: May cause severe irritation and possible burns, especially if skin is wet. Contact with dry skin causes mild irritation. Contact of solid with moist/wet skin or skin contact with strong solutions may cause marked irritation or possible burns.
Eyes: May cause severe irritation, possible transient corneal injury, and possible eye burns.
Inhalation: May cause severe irritation of the upper respiratory tract with pain, inflammation and possible burns.
Ingestion: May cause severe gastrointestinal (digestive) tract irritation with nausea, vomiting and possible burns. May affect cardiovascular system (cardiac disturbances, slow heart beat), behavior (seizures), metabolism, blood, and brain, respiration (rapid respiration).
Chronic Potential Health Effects: Effects may be delayed.11
Calcium Chloride: Lack of Scientific Research on Human Health

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