Scott: Is there still a risk of contamination in vaccines and how does someone be safe?
Prof. Garth Nicolson: Well, there is as long as they don't really test for them. Here's the problem. Most of the vaccine manufacturers have a limited amount of money for testing. They don't want to have to test every lot that comes through for all the different possible infections that are out there. They can't do it. It's just too daunting. So, they generally put the vaccines at physiological temperatures for a few weeks to see if any bacteria, for example, grow in the cultures or in the vaccines. Well that's not good enough because things like micro-plasma don't grow that way. They have to grow inside cells. So unless you actually put it inside an animal or something like that to see if the infection can take hold, you'll never see it. Well, they never do testing like that.
Scott: So, is there anything parents can do to better their odds?
Prof. Garth Nicolson: To better their odds, what they can do is to make sure they don't get too many vaccines at once and make sure they are very healthy at the time that they get the vaccines. That they don't have a cold or another kind of virus or any type of infection at the time they receive their vaccines. Do not put all these vaccines together. It's more convenient for pediatricians to give six different vaccines during one visit, for example, which is the latest thing that they are doing. I think that's completely crazy.