Safe Shots

Vaccines without toxins, and often vegan-friendly, exist. You just need to know where to find them. Now you don’t have to go far, especially if you’re planning on an overseas sojourn, because depending on where you’re headed, vaccines may be required. And if the disease is typhoid or cholera, you don’t want to take chances.

But the worry for many is the ethylmercury (thimerosal) contained in some vaccines. And in addition to mercury, other ingredients include egg proteins, gelatin, phenoxyethanol, and formaldehyde – the former two obviously unfriendly to vegetarians and vegans and the latter chemicals many would prefer not to have injected into their bodies.

And while influenza season ends soon, it’s always flu season somewhere. The groundbreaking flu shot Flublok does not use mercury (thimerosal), eggs, antibiotics, formaldehyde, influenza virus, latex, gelatin, or preservatives in any part of the manufacturing process, for example.

At Passport Health of Sarasota and Bradenton there are myriad options for preservative-free, mercury-free, and vegan-friendly vaccine options.

For more information on vaccines, or a travel consultation, call 941-362-0304 in Sarasota, or 941-462-4338 in Bradenton.