Informed Mama

Vaccine Guide

Hi mama,

First, let me say how much I admire you for taking the time to do your own research. No matter where you are in your journey, I know it’s hard work, but it’s also so worth it.

I know there’s so much information out there. Whether you’re pregnant with your first baby or wanting to make an informed decision for your second, third, or fourth, it can get quite overwhelming.

When I was pregnant with my first, I was determined to make a decision I felt confident in - a decision based on true informed consent. I am not claiming to be an expert on this topic, but it is something I’ve researched heavily and feel passionate to share with other mamas who don’t know where to begin. I did the work and compiled (almost) everything I’ve learned here in this space. I wanted to create a resource that is easy to understand, but that still contains factual information that will help you make an informed decision for your family. What you’ll find here is real, science-backed information from reliable sources.

Deep breaths, mama. Let’s get started.

Inserts  —

One of the easiest and most helpful steps you can take in beginning your research is to start reading the vaccine inserts. They can all be found on the FDA website linked at the bottom of this slide.

Let’s walk through an insert together. Click the link below and find the Boostrix (TDaP) insert.

Now let’s note a few things:

Section 8: Safety and effectiveness has not been established in pregnant women

Section 11: List of ingredients

Section 13: It says Boostrix has not been evaluated for carcinogenic or mutagenic potential, or for impairment of fertility.

Now that you understand how to find and read the inserts, let’s take a closer look at the ingredients inside them. ➡️

Vaccine inserts

Ingredients  —

Here’s a quick look at a few common ingredients found in vaccines:

- Aluminum
- Formaldehyde
- Thimerosal
- Polysorbate-80
- Glyphosate
- Glycol
- MRC-5 (aborted male fetal cells)
- WI-38 (aborted female fetal cells)
- Fetal bovine serum
- Human albumin (derived from human blood)
- Canine Kidney Cells
- Monkey Kidney Cells
- Chicken protein

Below you’ll find a link to a list of vaccines and their ingredients directly from the CDC.

To help make sense of this extensive ingredient list, I color-coded it so we can see which vaccines contain aborted fetal cells, animal cells, toxic ingredients, allergy irritants, and antibiotics.

Vaccine ingredient list

Ingredients —

Thimerosal (Mercury)

Thimerosal (mercury): EPA states 2 ppb (parts per billion) of mercury is allowed in our water. The flu vaccine contains 50,000 ppb of mercury. That’s 25,000x more than the EPA says is “safe”. It’s given to pregnant women and babies.

Ingredients  —


From the American Cancer Society: The EPA has classified formaldehyde as a probable human carcinogen.

National Cancer Institute researchers have concluded that, based on data from studies in people and from lab research, exposure to formaldehyde may cause leukemia, particularly myeloid leukemia in humans. Leukemia is the most common childhood cancer.

Ingredients  —

Polysorbate 80

In vaccines, polysorbate 80 is used as an emulsifier to disperse all other ingredients evenly within the liquid. Polysorbate 80 is used in pharmacology to assist in the delivery of certain drugs across the blood-brain barrier. The blood-brain barrier is a barrier that separates the brain from the circulatory system and protects the central nervous system from harmful chemicals and toxins. The barrier is particularly weak and more easily penetrated during infancy and in old age. This raises serious concerns of using polysorbate 80 in combination with other reactive ingredients and heavy metals, which have the potential to damage the brain. Polysorbate 80 is in the DTap, HEP-B, Influenza vaccine, Tdap, HPV, and more.

Ingredients  —


On day 1 of life, infants receive 15 times more aluminum from the hep-b vaccine than the FDA’s guidelines of 25mcg/kg/day.

CDC Vaccination Schedule  —

In 1986, the cdc’s childhood vaccine schedule included 24 doses of 7 vaccines
Today it’s 72 doses of 16 vaccines.

No other developed country administers as many vaccine doses in the first year of life.

Interesting fact: If you’re ~35 or older, you’ve had less vaccines in your entire life than a fully-vaccinated 6 month old baby.

CDC Schedule