I am considering giving my 25 mo DD the DT vax this week, she has not had any yet. On the CDC website, it lists 2 different DT vaxs - Sanofi and Massachusetts. But, when I went to the FDA website to read the detailed vax insert, I can only locate Sanofi. Anyone have info about the Massachusetts Labs version - it is still available? Looking at the adjuvants lists, it potentially looks like a better option, so I wanted to read more about it. Thanks
The only MassBiologics vaccine listed on the FDA's website is a Td, not a DT vaccine. It is for people ages 7 and older.
Is that the one you saw on the CDC's website? It also has more aluminum than the Sanofi Pasteur DT vaccine. Both vaccines contain mercury.
There is a Td Massachusetts on the CDC website listing, but I double checked and it definitely also has a DT Massachusetts, the document showing the two DT options is dated as of March 2010:
By mercury, are you referring to the trace amounts of thimerosal? I hadn't considered whether the DT with trace thimerosal would potentially be more or less harm than the DTaP without trace thimerosal. The DTaP contains other ingredients though too which I'm not too keen on...the DT (Massachusetts) appears like the best option in looking at ingredients...but I'm trying to determine whether that vaccine is actually available since I can't find it listed elsewhere. I'll call my ped's office tomorrow and ask them what they have or what they can order. Our appt is on Wed so we can also wait and ask the dr, we don't have to get the shot on Wed during our appt.
Thimerosal should never be combined with aluminum, because the two together are so much more dangerous than by themselves. I would be very concerned with even 0.3 mcg mercury combined with aluminum. Is that worse than DTaP without mercury? I don't know, and I'm sure glad I'm not forced to make that choice. Sorry, I don't mean to be insensitive--I know this is the selective vaccinating forum.
No offense taken, I appreciate the insight. I've done quite a bit of reading about vaccines, even though DD hasn't had any, and I haven't read anything about the potential interaction between aluminum and thimerosal. There is always more to learn! If you have any good articles on that specific topic, please feel free to post. I will do some research online later tonight if I get a chance. Thanks
Wow - that was fascinating - thank you so much for posting! I will do more reading about the DTaP which does not have thimerosal - I was thinking of avoiding the pertussis component, but that might not be as potentially harmful as the alum+thim in the DT vax. Haven't read much about DTaP since I wasn't planning on giving it to her. I will also forward that link to a few others who I know would be interested in the research.