Originally Posted by WildKingdom
Yes, it IS. You are testing the antigenic substance in the vaccine, not the preservatives. That's the whole point.
The only difference in the placebo and the true drug/vaccine (depending on what's being tested) should be the active substance. That way, if there's an adverse effect, you know it's from the active substance, not from the preservatives, carrier substances, etc.
But when there are adverse effects from both "placebo" and "true vaccine being tested," ALL THAT'S REPORTED IS SOMETHING LIKE: "true vaccine being tested did not have significantly different rate of adverse effects than placebo," WHICH IS GROSSLY MISLEADING.
It's not a true safety test if you are not looking at the adverse effects from the ingredients other than the antigenic substance.
In many cases, it's not the antigenic substance that is the biggest trigger of adverse effects. It's the adjuvant, or the preservative, or a combination of either/both with other ingredients or other environmental factors.
Which offers a plausible explanation of why some of us are able to fight off the flu just fine, but become extremely ill from flu shots. And no, I'm not talking about getting "the flu" from the flu shots. I'm talking about having one or more autoimmune disorders triggered by vaccines when various illnesses like the flu did not trigger them.