Vaccine Package Inserts

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Updated January 2017

Below just click on the vaccine you want to research and the link will take you to the Package Information Leaflet (PIL) for that vaccine.

If the vaccine is a live virus or live bacteria vaccine it is listed beside it, this means that a person receiving this vaccine can shed the virus or bacteria and infect others.

If the vaccine is grown using cells from aborted fetuses this is listed beside the vaccine as “Human cells” and the strain used. There are three strains, WI-38, MRC-5 and WALVAX-2. They are obtained from fetuses aborted whole, in the amniotic sack, and so live at the time of abortion.

No vaccine has been evaluated as to whether it can cause cancer or mutate DNA in humans. It is also not known as to the long term effects of vaccines on human fertility. No vaccine has ever been tested on pregnant women or immunocompromised persons.

Vaccine ingredients are usually found under “Description” and can sometimes be vague. Some vaccine ingredients are: glycerin, asparagine, citric acid, potassium, phosphate, magnesium sulfate, iron ammonium citrate, aluminum phosphate, formaldehyde, casein, cystine, maltose, uracil, inorganic salts and vitamins, glutaraldehyde, phenoxyethanol, human cells, and lactose

Adverse effects of vaccines are reported in two ways, those reported during the trial and those reported by users afterwards. They are however listed in the inserts in many ways, individually, under adverse effects, post market reporting, so it is best to read the whole insert. Note that post market reporting is never given in numbers or percentages, it is inferred that this is not possible or not worth it. It needs to be done, without this we have no idea of the numbers affected by vaccines.

The word “Rare” or the sign < (less than) means nothing when it does not tell you a figure. If 1,000,000 children get a vaccine and the rate of those suffering as adverse effect is 1 in 1,000, that means 1,000 children are effected for every 1,000,000. If it is 1 in 100 adversely effected then 10,000 children are effected for every 1,000,000. Also note that one child/person may suffer more than one adverse effect.

Of note is that the DT (generic vaccine) says “Diphtheria and Tetanus Toxoids Adsorbed is not to be used for treatment of diphtheria or tetanus infection.” This begs the question “Why is this vaccine, or one of its counterparts the DTaP or DTP, automatically given to person with a cut?” If the implement causing the cut was infected, it is too late to give this vaccine. Also for all vaccines containing the tetanus toxoid the following needs to be known,  “A review by the Institute of Medicine found evidence for a causal relation between tetanus toxoid and both brachial neuritis and Guillain-Barré syndrome.”

4 in 1 = DTaP & Polio

5 in 1 = DPaP & Hib & Polio

6 in 1 = DTaP & Hib & Hepatitis B & Polio


Adenovirus –

  1. Adenovirus, Barr Labs Inc          {Live virus}          {Human cells WI-38}


Anthrax –

  1. Bio Thrax, Emergent BioSolutions


BCG – (bacterium, Mycobacterium tuberculosis causing Tuberculosis/TB)

  1. BCG, Organon Teknica Merck                     {Live bacteria}
  2. BCG, Statens Serum Institut                        {Live bacteria}
  3. Tuberculin 2 TU, Statens Serum Institut


Cholera –

  1. Vaxchora, PaxVax Bermuda Ltd                   {Live bacteria}
  2. Dukoral, Valneva Sweden AB


DT (Diphtheria & Tetanus generic) – see also Td

  1. DT (generic), Sanofi Pasteur
  2. diTeBooster, Statens Serum Institut
  3. Revaxis, Sanofi Pasteur MSD  (& Polio)


DTaP (Diphtheria, Tetanus & Acellular Pertussis) – see also Tdap

  1. Boostrix, GlaxoSmithKline
  2. Boostrix-IPV, GlaxoSmithKline (& Polio)
  3. Daptacel, Sanofi Pasteur
  4. Infanrix, GlaxoSmithKline
  5. Infanrix hexa, GlaxoSmithKline (& Hepatitis B & Polio & Hib)
  6. Infanrix IPV, GlaxoSmithKline (& Hib & Polio)
  7. Kinrix, GlaxoSmithKline (& Polio)
  8. Pediarix, GlaxoSmithKline (& Hepatitis B & Polio)
  9. Pentacel,  Sanofi Pasteur  (& Polio)
  10. Quadracel, Sanofi Pasteur (& Polio)
  11. Tetravac, Sanofi Pasteur MSD (& Polio)


Hib (Haemophilus b Conjugate Vaccine & Tetanus Toxoid Conjugate)  –

  1. ActHIB, Sanofi Pasteur
  2. Comvax, Merck & Co (& Hepatitis B)
  3. Hiberix, GlaxoSmithKline
  4. Infanrix hexa, GlaxoSmithKline (& Hepatitis B & Polio & DTaP)
  5. Infanrix IPV, GlaxoSmithKline (& DTaP & Polio)
  6. Menhibrix, GlaxoSmithKline (& Meningococcal Groups C and Y)
  7. Menitorix, GlaxoSmithKline (& Meningococcal C)
  8. PedvaxHIB,. Merck & Co (minus the Tetanus Toxoid, plus Meningococcal Protein)
  9. Pentacel, Sanofi Pasteur (& Diphtheria, Acellular Pertussis & Poliovirus)


Hepatitis A –

  1. Avaxim, Sanofi Pasteur
  2. Havrix, GlaxoSmithKline                                                 {Human cells MRC-5}
  3. Havrix Junior Monodose, GlaxoSmithKline
  4. Twinrix, GlaxoSmithKline (& Hepatitis B)
  5. Vaqta, Merck & Co
  6. Viatim, Sanofi Pasteur


Hepatitis B –

  1. Comvax, Merck & Co (& Hib)
  2. Engerix-B, GlaxoSmithKline
  3. Fendrix, GlaxoSmithKline
  4. HB vaxPro, Sanofi Pasteur MSD
  5. Infanrix hexa, GlaxoSmithKline (& DTaP & Polio & Hib)
  6. Nabi-HB – Immune Globulin, Biotest Pharmaceuticals Corporation
  7. Pediarix, GlaxoSmithKline (& Diphtheria, Tetanus & Acellular Pertussis)
  8. Recombivax HB, Merck & Co
  9. Twinrix, GlaxoSmithKline (& Hepatitis A)



  1. Cervarix, GlaxoSmithKline (HPV types 16 & 18)
  2. Gardasil, Merck & Co (HPV types 6, 11, 16 & 18)
  3. Gardasil 9, Merck & Co (HPV 6, 11, 16, 18, 31, 33, 45, 52 & 58)


Influenza – 2016/2017

  1. Afluria, Seqirus
  2. Afluria Quadrivalent, Seqirus
  3. Fluad, Seqirus
  4. Fluarix Quadrivalent, GlaxoSmithKline
  5. Flublok, Protein Sciences Corporation
  6. Flucelvax Quadrivalent, Seqirus
  7. FluLaval Quadrivalent, GlaxoSmithKline
  8. FluMist Quadrivalent, MedImmune Inc         {Live virus}    {contains H1N1}
  9. Fluvirin, Novartis (Seqirus)
  10. Fluzone High-Dose, Sanofi Pasteur
  11. Fluzone Intradermal Quadrivalent, Sanofi Pasteur
  12. Fluzone Quadrivalent, Sanofi Pasteur
  13. Inactivated Influenza Vaccine (Split Virion) BP, Sanofi Pasteur    {contains H1N1}


Japanese encephalitis –

  1. IXIARO, Intercell Biomedical
  2. JE-VAX, Sanofi Pasteur


Measles – (Measles, Mumps and Rubella)

  1. MMR II, Merck & Co                                                     {Live virus}  {Human cells WI-38}
  2. Priorix, GlaxoSmithKline                                             {Live virus}  {Human cells MRC-5}
  3. ProQuad, Merck & Co (& Varicella/chickenpox)    {Live virus}  {Human cells WI-38}
  4. MMR vaxPro, Sanofi Pasteur MSD                            {Live virus}  {Human cells WI-38}


Meningococcal ACWY –

  1. Menactra, Sanofi Pasteur (& Diphtheria toxoid)
  2. Menhibrix, GlaxoSmithKline (& Hib & Tetanus toxoid)
  3. Menomune, Sanofi Pasteur
  4. Menveo, GlaxoSmithKline (& Diphtheria toxin)
  5. Nimenrix, Pfizer Limited


Meningococcal B –

  1. Bexsero, Novartis
  2. Trumenba, Pfizer


Meningococcal C –

  1. Menjugate, Novartis (& Diphtheria toxin)
  2. Menitorix, GlaxoSmithKline (& Hib)


Mumps – (Measles, Mumps and Rubella)

  1. MMR II, Merck & Co                                                           {Live virus}  {Human cells WI-38}
  2. Priorix, GlaxoSmithKline                                                   {Live virus}  {Human cells MRC-5}
  3. ProQuad, Merck & Co (& Varicella/chickenpox)          {Live virus    {Human cells WI-38}
  4. MMR vaxPro, Sanofi Pasteur MSD                                  {Live virus}  {Human cells WI-38}


Pneumococcal – PCV –

  1. Prevnar, Pfizer/Wyeth   (& Diphtheria CRM protein)
  2. Prevnar 13, Pfizer/Wyeth   (& Diphtheria CRM protein)


Pneumococcal – PPSV –

  1. Pneumovax 23, Merck & Co


Polio – IPV –

  1. Boostrix-IPV, GlaxoSmithKline (& DTaP)
  2. IPOL, Sanofi Pasteur
  3. Infanrix hexa, GlaxoSmithKline (& Hepatitis B & Polio & DTaP)
  4. Infanrix IPV, GlaxoSmithKline (& DTaP & Hib)
  5. Kinrix, GlaxoSmithKline
  6. Pediarix, GlaxoSmithKline (& DTaP & Hepititus B)
  7. Pentacel,Sanofi Pasteur (& DTaP & Hib)
  8. Quadracel, Sanofi Pasteur (& DTaP )
  9. Revaxis, Sanofi Pasteur MSD (& DT)
  10. Tetravac, Sanofi Pasteur MSD (& DTaP)


Rabies –

  1. Imogam – Immune Globulin, Sanofi Pasteur         {Human cells, usually MRC-5}
  2. Imovax, Sanofi Pasteur                                               {Human cells MRC-5}
  3. RabAvert, GlaxoSmithKline                                      {Human serum albumin}
  4. Rabies Vaccine BP, Sanofi Pasteur


Rotavirus –

  1. Rotarix, GlaxoSmithKline                          {Live}     {Porcine circovirus type 1 (PCV-1)}
  2. RotaTeq, Merck & Co                                  {Live}     {Porcine circovirus type 1 & ” (PCV-1&2)}


Rubella – (Measles, Mumps, Rubella)

  1. MMR II, Merck & Co                                                           {Live virus}   {Human cells WI-38}
  2. Priorix, GlaxoSmithK                                                          {Live virus}   {Human cells MRC-5}
  3. ProQuad, Merck & Co (& Varicella/chickenpox)          {Live virus}   {Human cells WI-38}
  4. MMR vaxPro, Sanofi Pasteur MSD                                  {Live virus}   {Human cells WI-38}


Smallpox –

  1. ACAM2000, Sanofi Pasteur                             {Live virus}


Td (Tetanus) – see also DT

  1. Td (generic), Mass. Biological Lab
  2. Tenivac, Sanofi Pasteur


Tdap (Tetanus) – see also DTaP

  1. Adacel, Sanofi Pasteur
  2. Boostrix, GlaxoSmithKline


Tick Borne Encephalitis –

  1. Ticovac, Pfizer Healthcare Ireland

Typhoid –

  1. Typhim Vi, Sanofi Pasteur
  2. Vivotif, Crucell (PaxVax)                                  {Live bacteria}
  3. Viatim, Sanofi Pasteur


Varicella (chickenpox) –

  1. Varivax, Merck & Co                                         {Live virus}
  2. ProQuad, Merck & C0 (& MMR)


Yellow fever –

  1. YF – Vax, Sanofi Pasteur
  2. Stamaril, Sanofi Pasteur


Zoster (shingles) –

  1. Zostavax, Merck & Co                                        {Live virus}



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