Monday, October 26, 2009
Poisonous Swine Flu Vaccines in Germany
However, most Germans will be getting Pandemrix, a vaccine by GlaxoSmithKline PLC that contains an adjuvant, while Germanys politicians, government employees and troops will get Celvapan, made by Baxter International without an adjuvant.
Adjuvants — or chemical compounds that boost the human bodys immune response and stretch the vaccines active ingredient so more doses can be made — are relatively new in flu vaccines, and there is limited data on how safe they are in certain population groups, such as pregnant women and children. No flu vaccines with adjuvants are licensed in the U.S., though they are commonly used in Europe.
Wolfgang Wesiack, the head of the Association of German Internists, warned of "vaccine fatigue" and said many people feared a "two-class health system."