What is aluminium?
Aluminium is the most abundant metal, and the third most abundant element, in the earth’s crust. It has many uses, including the manufacture of cars, planes and trains, as well as cans and aluminium foil. However it is of no use to the body and is not a necessary part of our diet. It is poisonous to the brain and to bones.
What is aluminium doing in vaccines?
Aluminium has been used as an ‘adjuvant’ in vaccines for 80 years. The word ‘adjuvant’ comes from the Latin ‘adjuvare’, meaning ‘to help’. It was discovered that adding aluminium to a vaccine provided a stronger stimulation to the body’s immune system, resulting in a more powerful immune response. Many of today’s childhood vaccines contain aluminium, which is by far the most widely used adjuvant in vaccines. After 80 years of use, the mechanism by which the addition of aluminium boosts the body’s immune response is still not known.
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