Airborne Peanut Allergy Caused by Vaccines?


Hi. My son was diagnosed with PA in Feb. 2012. He was twelve years old at the time, but I believe his story goes back to when he was six.

He WAS NOT BORN with PA. Around six (probably following the series of required vaccinations for first grade), he developed what we thought was lactose intollerance. He later began having sores in the corner of his mouth that wouldn't heal. We treated him with lactose tablets and then took him to a dermatologist who tried to treat his mouth sores topically and NEVER ONCE mentioned a food allergy. It wasn't until his assistant noticed the lactose intollerance note in his file, that SHE suggested we might want to back off on milk products. We pulled everything milk-related out of his diet (which inadvertently elimated MOST things peanut-related.) His face cleared up!

It was only after my son had sudden onset of itching and swelling to his face following the ingestion of a walnut, that I decided I needed help from an allergist. (Note that this was also shortly following a Dtap booster he received when he turned twelve.)

His skin tests came back positive for peanut, chocolate, cherry, lima beans, and peas. The allergist told me to do an actual food test at home. The chocolate was okay (got a milk/peanut free pkg.) But the peanut really caused a reaction. We now have an epi pen.

Here's the problem: My son's is so sensitive that he cannot even go into a grocery store without experience swelling of his lip, cheeks, and tongue. Most instances resolve on their own, but not always. Cases, such entering a steaming shower where sunflower seeds have been left (RV Park bathroom, or or being right next to someone who has worked in a food repackaging plant all day, can send him right into anaphylaxis. We have been lucky enough to get a prednisone down him in time to control the swelling, but it was a very close call a couple of weeks ago.

My son IS the rare case of having airborne peanut allergy. IT IS not in his head because he hasn't even been aware of the presence of an allergen until AFTER the reaction. He is not able to go back to church (hot food is always being served and has cross-contaminents that fill the air), nor can he return to baseball. FORGET the fair or Disneyland. FORGET school...we can't even go to Costco! I took him to the grocery store, left him in the car while I shopped and upon returning to the car, his lip swelled. What could I have picked up in the store? (Except I DID have pass by the bulk peanuts in order to buy strawberries.

His allergist is suggesting peanut immunotherapy (IF insurance will approve a drug called Xolair to be used simultaneously.)

I BELIEVE his peanut allergy has been CAUSED by the vaccinations he has been subjected to. Additionally, his reactions are NOT caused by his fears.

Is there anyone else with an experience like this?

By nicole2460 on Nov 8, 2012

I'm similar but not to that extreme. i used to eat peanuts all the time! then one day when i was about 10 we went out for dinner and ordered chicken sate (spelling?). my lips began to swell to the point my skin was wrapping. my throat and mouth was incredibly itchy and i had horrible stomach cramps. this happened multiple times of the years. one day during senior year i went down to the shops with my friends to eat lunch. about 15mins before lunch was over i began to feel my lips swelling and the usual itchiness and cramping. i thought it would go away within a few hours like previous times. however, i began to experience other symptoms for the first time. as i was walking to my locker, my tongue began to swell up. by the time i was at my locker it got so bad i thought, "i have to go find someone" (my friends had left because they were 'late for class...'). i tried to find my grade coordinator but she was nowhere to be seen, so i went down to reception to call my mum. at this point my tongue was so swollen she couldn't understand me over the phone and i had to keep repeating myself. she said she was on her way so i waited on the couch. as i sat there i got INCREDIBLY hot. i was sweating through my uniform! i could not sit up straight and just sat on my side. mum finally came but had to sign me out of school. they wouldn't let me go because there was a huge party on that night and people were leaving earl to get read, and they just assumed i was one of them. after seeing the deputy she finally let me go. when i got to ER they took my blood pressure and said it was dropping so they gave me epipen. for 3 weeks i couldn't walk properly because my leg felt as though it was going to give way as if the needle had deteriorated my muscle. i have had incidences where i react to just smelling peanuts if I'm on the other side of the house. its just strange how it took 10 years for anything to appear. one of the hardest parts is inconsiderate people. they think "you can't expect the world to alter their ways to suit your needs" thats never what I've ever intended. perhaps you could stop ordering peanut dishes when we go to restaurants and then breathing in my face.

By cathlina on Nov 9, 2012

I don't believe there is any causal research showing the peanut allergy is related to vaccines. I was 28 years old before I had my first peanut reaction, many years after any vaccines.

By pxleal on Oct 15, 2014

I did start a new petition, here is the link if you would like to sign and pass along. Thanks.

By Yael Kozar on Oct 12, 2014

If you ever open this petition back up or start a new one you could get a lot more milage today. Please feel free to blast on the Allergy Support group pages. "We have a right to know what is in our vaccines and injected into our bloodstream!" Transparency

By pxleal on Aug 17, 2013

Sign my petition urging vaccine manufacturers to disclose full ingredients list

Merck, GlaxoSmithKline, Novartis, SanofiPasteur, Pfizer, CDC, FDA: Disclose full list of all vaccines' ingredients and if peanut is used in them

THREE MILLION Americans suffer from peanut allergy and experts are not sure why. Some theorize that peanut oil is used in our vaccines, causing hypersensitivity to peanut, later leading to peanut/treenut allergy. We need to know the truth. Even if only a minority of people vaccinated were to develop peanut allergy, this is unacceptable because this is a lifelong condition with no known cure. Peanut/treenut allergies cause extreme hardships and anxiety for patients and families everyday at every meal for the rest of their lives. Peanut allergy is the most lethal of all food allergies killing more people than any other food allergy. Peanut/treenut is ubiquitous in our society. It is in all schools, most restaurants and processed foods. Avoiding it completely is virtually impossible. Patients with peanut allergy are likely to have a reaction within three years (95% chance). The most important treatment, Epinephrine (Epipen), is not 100% guaranteed to work.

Vaccinations are important and they do save lives, but we need to develop safer vaccines for EVERYONE. We should not be iatrogenically producing uncurable diseases in ANY patient receiving vaccines. We have very advanced science and we cannot find a safer alternative adjuvant to use in vaccines besides peanut oil? That is hard to believe. We are The United States of America! In addition, we have the right to know what substance we are injecting in our bodies. Partial vaccine ingredient disclosure is unacceptable. Vaccine manufacturers cite "trade secrets" as justification for witholding complete vaccine ingredients information.

Childhood vaccines are universally mandated in U.S. schools. More and more vaccines are being recommended for adults, as well. If we do not make sure that our vaccines are safe and free from peanut oil, many more people could keep acquiring and dying from peanut allergy. IF YOU DO NOT SIGN THIS PETITION, YOU, YOUR CHILDREN OR GRANDCHILDREN COULD BE NEXT TO BE AFFLICTED WITH PEANUT ALLERGY, AN UNCURABLE AND DEADLY ILLNESS.

For my daughter who suffers from peanut allergy as well as three million more Americans it may be too late. But perhaps it is not too late for saving countless others from this fate.

I humbly thank you for your signature.

Some resources for references on this topic include: Heather Fraser's book "The History of the Peanut Allergy Epidemic," and New York Times articles from 9/19/1964 and 11/11/1966 announcing successful results in thousands of patients receiving vaccines containing peanut oil.

By pxleal on Aug 17, 2013

Thanks for signing. I wonder if I picked a good time to post my petition (Friday night).

By AD75 on Aug 17, 2013

I'm surprised your comment that you believe your son's PA is due to vaccines has been allowed to be posted and hasn't yet been removed. Most people who try to voice opinions along these lines are labeled "crazy anti-vaxers" in an effort to discredit them. I noticed on the Food Ana. Network there is a warning to not discuss vaccines or post will be deleted. So, good for you to speak up for what you believe, but don't be surprised if it is removed. My son recently was found to have a peanut allergy, no one in my family has ever been known to have allergies (well over 100 people through my grandparents), and food allergies in schools was unheard of when I was growing up. I work in schools now and there are MANY children with food allergies, because it is so common place now, people think it is the "norm" and don't question it too much. But, a generation ago, we did not have these problems, nor some of the other problems our children face now days (think of some of the other A's). I know many veteran teachers with 25-30 years experience who say they had no kids with food allergies when they started out, they weren't even aware of it until recent years. Genetics don't change in a generation or two, not even in a mere hundred years. So, I think PA and other food allergies are a man made problem, either due to modern medicine (vaccine, antibiotics, etc) or the modern food industry (GMOs, processed foods, etc). Only the environment can make such an impact in a short time span. If people were dying from eating a peanut hundreds of years ago, they would have stopped cultivating peanuts because they would have been identified as poisonous as soon as the first person dropped dead from eating one within a few minutes (it's not like they had the epi's back then). So, I don't know for sure, but I suspect medicine, the food industry, or a combo of both are to blame. As for my son, he received very little processed foods as I have made all of his food including baby food, and we eat organic, he has, however, had most of his vaccinations against my better judgment. I can't undo and will probably never have science to support it because those in power will never want to know the cause. I can only hope that the people who created the problem will be motivated to find a "cure" to fix it when they realize their is money to be made in fixing it since so many people have allergies. I will gladly sign your petition, but sadly, in my heart, I feel our government was bought out long ago by big pharma and other business.

By samsmommy99 on Aug 18, 2013

I think we are too quick to blame vaccines for a lot of stuff. The vaccines were just as full of crap 40 years ago as they are today, and most of us are just fine and healthy. My son is almost 14 with a peanut allergy, autism, and a ton of other issues.... Sure id like to know why? And how? But I know it was not from shots...( even though I do not give them anymore... We have had titers done and he is still well protected) I think our environment is just very different, the food is all crap, the air we breathe is polluted, and things just are not as pure as they used to be 40 years ago. I am an advocate for making your own choice on shots for your kids.... Some people choose to give them, some don't.... To each his own.

By informedmomma on Aug 18, 2013

My son is six with a severe peanut allergy and he hasn't had a single vaccination. That's just one case, so who knows, but just wanted to put that out there. :)

By pxleal on Oct 15, 2014

Thank you both for comenting. Even if we find out vaccines have no peanut in them, we will still advance science on peanut allergy if we can rule out vaccines as a cause of peanut allergy epidemic. Currently, we cannot make an informed decision beause we do not have knowledge of the full ingredients in vaccines. At some point, my petition to request full vaccine disclosure borders on civil rights request for freedom of information.

By CVRTBB on Aug 19, 2013

I would have to disagree with the assumption that a severe peanut allergy is caused by vaccines. First of all because when a child goes through puberty allergies tend to A)Get Better or B) Get worse/develop new allergies.

I have 3 children who have/had a pn allergy. My son was dx'd at 11 months old and is every bit as severe as you describe your child as being. He is now 17 years old and we have had to use the epi pen 5 times over the years. My 16 yr old daughter who was allergic to over 20 foods (10 anaphalactically), outgrew ALL of her allergies including peanut when she went through puberty. My 15 yr old daughter also outgrew a pn allergy but not her fish and shellfish allergy.

So, here is the kicker :) NONE of the 3 have ever had a vaccine! (ooops! My son had a tetanus shot a few years ago when he was attacked by a dog). We stopped when my oldest was 15 months old and the younger 3 have never had one other than the one tetanus shot.

Hope this helps!

By CVRTBB on Aug 19, 2013

I would also like to add that buying any kind of fruits or veggies in a grocery store that has an open bin of peanuts is risky. I have watched people literally run their hands through the bin of peanuts then walk around and touch the other produce while shopping. The other problem is that as people are running their hands through or putting some in bags they tend to drop some on the floor (and not always near the bin). I accidently stepped on some one time and my son had a reaction :(

I am also allergic to peanuts and had to leave the store a few days ago because there was apparently residue on the handle of the shopping cart. My hands got bright red with a mottled appearence and my eyes and lips swelled.

By samsmommy99 on Aug 19, 2013

CVRTBB.... Thank you so much for clarifying that puberty changes the reactions and allergies!!! I have been wondering for the last year why his last immunocap test showed him reactive to almost all that we tested him for when 18 months prior, those were all class 0..... Most of the levels were 1 and 2's but still.... How could he go from mostly level 0's to almost all of them a level 2 and some 3's??? Tha allergist did not answer any of my questions... I think I need to maybe find a new allergist in the area that will answer my questions and listen to my concerns.

By AmberC. on Oct 13, 2014

If your nephew had any skin prick tests along the way, which are often done every 2 years or so, and often to a range of foods, it could be that puberty just happened to correlate with the antibodies from his skin prick testing hitting adequate numbers of antibodies to react. Likewise, skin prick testing releases great amounts of histamine, and foods naturally vary in amounts of histamine, if your body is flooded with histamine, you are going to suddenly react to all types of foods you could eat previously.

By CVRTBB on Aug 19, 2013

My nephew went from being only allergic to bee's before puberty to being anaphalactic to fish and shellfish after puberty. You can actually develop at allergy at any time during your lifetime, but times of high hormonal changes seem to be the biggest times for change.

I ate (and LOVED) onions and corn all my life until about 5 years ago or so and am severely allergic to them now as well as almost every nut (I'm 48).

I was really fortunate to find an allergist who was also a pediatrician. Wonderful with the kids and at answering questions!

By samsmommy99 on Aug 19, 2013

CVRTBB.....the dr did not tell me to pull these things out of his diet at all.... He still eats all the stuff he tested positive for...the only think he has ANA to is peanut, and wheat, soy, and corn make him very ill. I did talk to my old pediatrician from where we used to live, and he said the puberty thing is normal, but the levels should drop back down to 0 when puberty slows down.....soo many questions I have.... I miss my pediatrician from MN.... He was so good!! I didn't even have an allergist in MN, but here (AZ) the pediatrician s just send you out to someone else instead of dealing with the issue on their own......stupid stupid stupid...SMH

By JenMN on Aug 20, 2013

While I am not convinced of the safety of vaccines myself, I just don't think that they caused peanut allergies. We all had vaccines as kids, and it's rare for my generation to have a peanut allergy.

Peanut allergies started showing up in increasing numbers right around the time that GMOs were being flooded into our diets. Take a look at the startling similarities between a genetically modified soybean protein and a peanut protein.

Just one of the two prevalent theories on why peanut allergies are suddenly so common in children. Of course, adults are eating the GMOs too, but our immune systems are mature.

By meggie on Aug 20, 2013

I am by no means anti vaccine, all of my children receive the required vaccines and immunizations- but just those that are required. I have a child who suddently, as an infant began showing signs of allergies immediately following a bombardment of shots; approximately 3 months old. The number of immunizations she received in just one day was shocking. She was quite ill following the injections; lethargic, crying incessantly and she developed terrible eczema over her entire body. By 19 months she was diagnosed with severe egg and peanut allergies. I don't know if any one vaccine caused this reaction- I beleiev in vaccines. I try to stay educated and up to date on current research at the sametime have respect for these debiliating and often deadly diseases that the immunizations strive to protect us from. I do however, believe that a closer look into the recommended timeline of vaccine administration could be beneficial. I just can't believe how much goes into those tiny bodies and in a single occurance. This I believe can have adverse affects on individuals; lower the immune system respons or wreck havoc on the immune system in certain people. By the way, the reactions my child experienced at the time of the vaccine administration were not listed as adverse side effects that should be reported. I did mention them to the dr. who of course, brushed them off. My other child received all of the same immunizations but I demanded they be spaced differently. This younger child has no allergies.

By Avoidanuts on Sep 17, 2013

I was told by the allergist my daughter saw two months ago that testing is being done to determine why/what causes a peanut allergy. The theory is that the roasting process is heightening the proteins (China also grows large amounts of peanuts, but people PA are much smaller in number than here in the United States). However, the more research I have done the more questions I have, I am currently reading "A Shot in the Dark" and the information is interesting and disgusting in regards to how lack of information has been down played in the U.S. and mandates have been made without sufficient information on the effects it can have to the recipient. Especially those with known health issues I found this site that may provide some info: I fully recommend visiting the NVIC site ( as well for further information on vaccines. I am still doing research and will provide what I find as I find it that may be helpful on this subject. However, the VIC site provides information, but the real question is knowing the manufacturer of the vaccine. This should be available and/or provided by your Dr (or wherever the vaccines have been administered). Use the link for the calculator and you can find the ingredients and dosage amount (in micrograms) of the ingredients. So far, from what I've researched there are not any known safe limits for the known ingredients listed (aluminium, formaldehyde, bovine protein, and polysorbate 80 to name a few). At least you will have some info to either ask your Dr. or research further yourself.

Hope this helps, and never stop asking questions. It's through knowledge that we grow and thrive.

By AmberC. on Dec 28, 2013

A good way of thinking about food allergy is this:

blood + foreign particle = food allergy

So. . .how can food protein get into the blood? Lots of ways, shots, like vaccines, the skin prick test, or a leaky gut (or a bee sting, for example).

Google Charles Richet, who founded the word, "anaphylaxis."

Actually, here's the link:


Shots are probably playing a big role, but there are certainly other ways the blood could be contaminated with food protein.

The body, you see, is BEAUTIFUL.

We are looking at allergy all wrong. It is not mysterious, it is a beautiful, protective mechanism to keep our blood clean.

See, the real question is: what is RIGHT about people's immune systems with allergies? Perhaps they have the BETTER immune systems, and how do we avoid tinkering with them to keep them calm.

Perhaps some people's bodies are more reactive by nature, perhaps they naturally would have higher titers. . .

There is still a lot we don't know about appreciating all that is right about the immune system!

By AmberC. on Dec 28, 2013

Oh, to sammysmommy above, what you're saying is true. The shots have always been full of garbage. And now children receive more of them. Plus, just like everything else, shots are made with cost in mind. As well, 20 years ago the vaccine companies said, "We need LESS regulation governments to make our bottom line."


So, with environmental factors colliding with a more crowded vaccine schedule, and deregulation, we really created a perfect storm for many, many conditions.

But we shouldn't think this is such a mystery. I think the body is just doing what it's supposed to be doing given all these overwhelming factors.

By EagleScout1989 on Sep 23, 2014 Please read this. It makes too much sense.

By on Oct 9, 2014

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Hi there! We are sorry that your son has such severe food allergies. On the positive side, it is good to know that he has such a caring and attentive mother.

The issue of vaccines and peanut allergies is a very controversial subject in the allergy community. If you want to read more, this blog post continues the debate.

There is evidence for and against the argument that vaccines cause peanut allergies. For a period of time, vaccine companies were using small amounts of peanut oil in their vaccines, although that practice has stopped, according to Natural News. Additionally, Dr. Tim O’Shea, author of The Doctor Within, claims it wasn’t until the 1990s that rates of allergies skyrocketed - and from the 1980s to the 1990s, the rates of vaccine administration about doubled.

Additionally, there is a lack of disclosure of what is in the vaccines. This has caused some parents to believe that there are hidden ingredients which can cause allergies. Until the ingredient lists are disclosed, the argument will continue to be debated. Read this article if you want to learn more.

On the other hand, skeptics claim that all this evidence is not causal, meaning there is no proof that vaccines cause allergies. Furthermore, they say that there are other causes behind the increase in food allergies that have nothing to do with vaccines. Some of these causes possibly include pesticides and antibiotics and genetics.

More and more research continues to be conducted on the topic of food allergies. An exciting study funded by the Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network (FAAN) recently uncovered clues as to why peanut allergies develop in some children but not others. You can read more about that here.

Unfortunately, there is no definitive answer, and without more in-depth research it is just not possible. We wish you and your son the very best in coping with these allergies!

We asked our Facebook fans to share their thoughts on your question. You can read their helpful feedback here.

By Yael Kozar on Oct 12, 2014

it's not just vaccines but they do play a part. 2 girls a year apart one was on antibiotics (younger) during those 30 vaccines before the age of 3. Both mine are C-sec babies and breast fed. I had antibiotics then our food supply has antibiotics and then younger got bronchitis a few times (antibiotics weaken the gut and cause inflammation). Now what most people don't know is that vaccines have antibiotics, heavy metals and food proteins. This creates more inflammation plus genetic change. Guess how you sensitize a mouse to peanut~ aluminum +peanut =anaphylactic mouse! So check out the CDC ingredient list on the website for the gross list we inject and over inject into our bloodstream. Our daughter almost died in my arms at 18 months and 3 weeks to something she was around all the time without issue- right after her most amount of vaccines on a weak gut inflamed and lacking in healthy bacteria. Vaccines are the one thing that can cause genetic change-it's what they are suppose to do by nature. I am not anti-vaccine but we really need to clean them up and be more transparent and clean up our food supply and stop giving so many antibiotics in pharma. The US and W.H.O. vaccine schedule went up again and guess what also went up allergies with babies. For those that say they are not vaccinated and have allergies then it seems like you do have a hereditary predisposition or something else is going on-don't forget that hospitals do vaccinate and Vit K shot in 1st 24 hours after birth. Heather Fraser's Book "The Peanut Allergy Epidemic" is a must read before you say vaccines have nothing to do with this epidemic. Amish don't get our food supply, weak gut or vaccines and are reported to have none of the childhood epidemics that are plaguing our immunity--just saying.

By vinucube on Oct 13, 2014

No, I am not aware of such testing.

By AmberC. on Oct 13, 2014

Are you aware of any official studies that have been done testing all childhood injections for the presence of peanut/tree nut? It would be great if a scientist/lab could take on a basic test like that. Of course, it might not change anything, if the FDA is allowing egg/milk/soya, etc. in there. . .

By vinucube on Oct 12, 2014

Vaccines are the most likely cause of food allergies.

Charles Richet discovered more than a hundred years ago that injecting proteins (such as those present in vaccines or injections) will cause the development of allergies to those proteins.

I have placed numerous peer-reviewed references here:

Many vaccines contain Polysorbate 80. Polysorbate 80 contains vegetable oils from undisclosed sources (could include peanut, tree nut, sesame oils etc.).

In 2003: Kuno-Sakai H, Kimura M. Removal of gelatin from live vaccines and DTaP-an ultimate solution for vaccine-related gelatin allergy.Biologicals 2003;31:245-9. In 2013:

If skin exposure is the cause it bolsters the evidence that the cause is injections/vaccines, intradermal allergy tests and it has nothing to do with when or if someone ate the allergens.

By AmberC. on Oct 12, 2014

The immune system is far more comprehensive than we ever imagined. The compartmentalization of the immune system has resulted in a much too simplistic view of immunity. We have forgotten what we once knew. Every cell, from the skin, to the bone marrow, is involved in our immune system. And thank goodness! This helps us build up immunity to harmful viruses, bacteria--but the same rules apply to food allergy. Keep food where it belongs: in the gut. Be careful food does not get into the bloodstream through skin prick testing or vaccines. Likewise, preserve your gut health. Also, be careful you don't build an immune system that's primed to overreact to everything (aluminum). Also, be careful with things like immunotherapy--for example, do poisonous grasses really belong in the eosophagus? This is a great thread. Thank you to everyone!

By AmberC. on Oct 12, 2014

This is true, it's also hard to know the full story as currently vaccine manufacturers have no liability.

By alc902 on Oct 12, 2014

I have always been an advocate of vaccinations in children however, recent increases in allergies, asthma and autism make parents question the cause. My conclusion: it's the timing of the vaccinations. When you look at previous generations they did not get vaccinated until going to kindergarten. That gave their immune systems about 5 or 6 years to develop. The earlier generations did not have the health concerns we are now talking about. The difference is that now vaccinations begin on day one in the hospital and these little babies are having their immune systems disrupted immediately before they can become established. I have talked to health care professionals about this and the answers I receive do not put my mind at rest. Personally, it is my opinion that the children are getting vaccinated too early. Yes the diseases they try to prevent can be life threatening. However, the early vaccinations may now be creating a different level of life threatening conditions. I really think the research needs to focus more on timing rather than the ingredients or the almighty dollar.

By on Oct 13, 2014

Thank you for posting and discussing this topic. This is news to me that vaccinecs could cause food allergies. My son was allergic to peanut, Tree Nuts, Soy, Egg, Wheat, and Milk with symptoms showing shortly after birth, he is 14 now, and has outgrown all but the peanut and Tree nut allergies. I consider myself very well-informed about food allergies and do a lot of reading about them, but I had never heard of Peanut oil being in vaccines. We used to avoid the flu vaccine when allergic to eggs.

One poster mentioned tree nut oils being under the category of vegetable oil. This puzzles me, as the nuts would be considered a fruit or seed, not a vegetable. I know soybean oil is considered a vegetable oil, but in all of my years of reading and research have never heard of peanut oil or any tree nut oils being put in the category of "vegetable oil."

I would not completely rule out the possibility of some vaccine playing some role in sensitizing people to allergens, but I would think it is a very remote chance with a lot of unique factors converging to do this in a few individuals. My sons allergies do not seem to corallate in any way with his vaccines. And I do believe the benefits of vaccines far outweigh the risks. But this is certainly a very valid question, and I am upset to learn there would be peanut oil or other food ingredients in vaccines without full disclosure of ingredients to parents, etc. The issue of food allergies being related to vaccines in any way should definitely be the subject of further research, so that any vulnerable individuals could make informed decisions about vaccine schedule, type administered, etc.

By AmberC. on Oct 13, 2014

Hmmm, I would like to know how thoroughly ingredients in vax, or any injections, are investigated by the actual manufacturer. For example, if you are purchasing "hydryolyzed vegetable protein" for your cell culture, just for example, are you making sure it is 100% free from everyday foods? What vinucube is saying is that the role of vaccines is cumulative, with each vaccine acting like a booster shot--so it's very difficult to pinpoint the exact, magic moment antibodies to a particular food hit that threshold. Skin prick testing is also playing a role. If your child had any skin prick tests, they are also in there as a cause. Skin prick tests boost antibody levels to existing allergies and also create antibodies to foods that are not yet allergies. (Doctor, my child reacted to peanut, please also test for dairy, egg, tree nuts, shellfish. . .) And please, let's test every year or two, just make sure those antibody levels stay nice and healthy. :-) The body is designed to keep food out of the blood. (BTW, my understanding is that vegetables oils can contain tree nuts/peanuts--this is why we never buy potato chips that use "vegetable oil"--it's far too vague of a label.)

By on Oct 13, 2014

My son never had any skin tests except egg when he was outgrowing it. He had allergy symptoms as an infant, and anaphylaxis when he was 10 months. He had blood tests. He also had subsequent reactions to all the foods he tested positive to, before Dx and accidental exposures after that. the allergist and I were aware of the risks of skin tests further sensitizing or causing a reaction, so we avoided them. Although my son never had some of the foods directly, like peanut, tree nuts, and egg, I was eating all of these allergens and nursing him, and he had many symptoms, which the pediatricians just accepted as an immature digestive system, or due to other causes. I suspected peanut allergy a month before his anaphylactic reaction to milk at 10 months, and had cut nuts from my diet, and saw slight improvement in his symptoms, but once I eliminated all of his food allergens from my own diet after that reaction and the RAST test results, we saw a very dramatic difference in his health, all of the symptoms disappeared except his excema, which decreased 80%, and his occasional asthma symptoms. I continued to breastfeed my son until the age of 20 months, Doctors' orders, without ingesting any of his allergens, as a substitute for milk that was free of milk, nuts, soy, wheat, etc., was not available. At 20 months we had enough in his diet with rice milk and calcium fortification, etc., to make the switch. I have never heard of vegetable oil indicating nut or peanut oil, even in food allergy circles and from experts in the field. If that were the case, it should be common knowledge to the food allergy community. If that were the case, It would have to be spelled-out in plain English on foods manufactured in the United States in the ingredients or directly after, as they are in the top 8 allergens required to be labeled that way. I know there are situations out of that net, but have always asked what the vegetable oil is at fairs, etc., and it has never been peanut or tree nut oil. Canola or soybean oil always.

By AmberC. on Oct 13, 2014

Hmm, you've certainly been very lucky to have an allergist who avoids the skin prick test, this is very unusual. Most allergists deny the risks associated with this test--even if your child passes out after a test or needs oxygen (signs of anaphylaxis). My understanding is that some vegetable oils could be highly refined peanut oil, especially since it is "generally recognized as safe": see even here as it is identified as a vegetable oil, Nonetheless, with so many points in the manufacturing of vaccines and different suppliers, it would be easy for some form of peanuts/nuts to be hitchhiking into the sauce (especially if you add in lack of liability). Also, it seems to be that labeling is still somewhat random, even a trip to Trader Joe's recently illustrated this--some labels are very clear, some are not. I mean, really, that's the challenge of living with food allergies (aside from them being life-threatening). But let's be honest, with the incredible sales of epinepherine injectors, what manufacturer really wants to make injections as safe as possible? Thank you for your comments. Soybean oil is also known to be cross-reactive with peanut.

By pxleal on Oct 13, 2014

Here is irrefutable proof that Peanut Oil has been used in vaccines and some have achieved licensing and undergone extensive human trials, as I have cited below. This is no mystery, we know Adjuvant 65 was used. The question is why do all citations end after 1960s? Did the FDA mandate pharmaceuticals to stop publishing complete ingredients? Have you ever read package inserts for vaccines and been annoyed to find a vague reference to "other media and buffers" on the list without detailed names? Read for yourselves:

From New York Times, Sep 19, 1964: "PEANUT OIL USED IN NEW VACCINE" "WASHINGTON, Sept. 18—A pharmaceutical manufacturer has developed a vaccine that it predicts will considerably lengthen immunity from influ­enza and other virus infections, thereby requiring fewer “shots.”

The key ingredient, called Adjuvant 65, which contains peanut oil, was patented this week for Merck & Co., Inc., by Dr. Allen F. Woodhour and Dr. Thomas B. Stim. They, discov­ered it in the company's re­search laboratory at West Point, Pa.

Present procedure, according to Merck, is to give annual in­jections of killed influenza vi­rus, which are expected to af­ford protection for a year. The hope is that the new vaccine will extend the immunity to at least two years and be more effective during that period.

The current issue of the New England Journal of Medicine re­ports favorably on studies in which 880 persons received killed influenza virus in Adju­vant 65.

Still Under Study

The new vaccine is still under study and is not yet licensed for general use.

Adjuvant slowly releases an­tigens, the active ingredients of vaccines, which stimulate the creation of antibodies in the human system over an extended period, Merck said.

Adjuvant is an emulsion of refined. peanut oil in water to which are added an emulsifier and a stabilizer.

As the company explains it, the antigens are contained in small particles of water, which are surrounded by the oil. When injected into the body, the emul­sion is distributed along the muscle fibers. The antigens are released as the peanut oil is absorbed by the body's tissues.

The research on Adjuvant covered six years and represen­ted the collaboration of several departments of the Merck Institute for Therapeutic Research and the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.

Dr. Woodhour is assistant di­rector of the department of vi­rus diseases in the Merck labo­ratories. Dr. Stim is now a re­search associate at Yale Univer sity. Their patent is No. 3,149,036."

From New York Times, Nov 11, 1966: "Peanut Oil Additive is Found to Improve Flu Shot's Potency."

NYT May 13, 1964: "SUBSTANCE SPURS VACCINE'S EFFECTS; New Compound Is Reported to Enhance the Value of Influenza Inoculations TESTED ON VOLUNTEERS Ingredient Said to Increase the Length of Immunity to as Much as a Year." (This refers to Adjuvant 65, which is Peanut Oil)

NYT Sep 19, 1964: "PEANUT OIL USED IN A NEW VACCINE; Product Patented for Merck Said to Extend Immunity VARIETY OF IDEAS IN NEW PATENTS"

By pxleal on Oct 13, 2014

If Peanut Oil/Adjuvant 65 was so wonderful and so successful at creating longer immunity, why would they stop using it?

I have not found any reference in the literature to any mandate that peanut oil or adjuvant 65 had to be banned from use in vaccines.

As a matter of fact, all mention of Adjuvant 65 stops after 1960s. It was buried under the rug.

Those of us who are unlucky to get allergy to peanut oil are just collateral damage. The FDA only thinks about the tens of lives they save at our expense.

I am pro-vaccines and continue to immunize my family. I am also pro-SAFE and ALLERGEN-free vaccines. Peanut is one of the most allergenic proteins known to man. Why do we have to use it in vaccines? We have the best scientists and we cannot find a better, safer alternative for an adjuvant to use instead?

As an aside, IF, indeed Adjuvant 65 is no longer used in vaccines, there are still other ingredients that ARE used in vaccines today which are derived from peanut, legumes and treenuts such as Squalene and Nitroglycerine. What if those compounds contain traces of peanut or treenuts? Last, highly refined pesnut oil is not mandated to be listed on any item by FDA since it has GRAS status, Generally Recognized as Safe. I have read articles on MEDLINE that peanut protein was detected in highly-refined peanut oil. This means the FDA does not require companies to list highly refined oils as ingredients, yet we know that these oil are not completely allergen-free.

By pxleal on Oct 13, 2014

My petition is closed since it expired after a year.

I did try to get in touch with a lab to test vaccines and lab did not want to take on the task. Taboo subject?

By AmberC. on Oct 13, 2014

We really need a study where all injections are tested for the presence of peanut/tree nut. We know, for sure, that dairy, egg, gelatin, soya are in there. We also know that aluminum can combine with any kitchen food to create a food allergy. What vinucube states above is telling, the FDA is not following its own policies. Have you seen Bought yet? Your petition was good and people need to go see their senators and show them how the FDA is not following their own policies. But you're right, our children are just collateral damage--but very, very profitable collateral damage. Think of all the products out there supporting the food allergy machine. Where is the incentive to shut down the machine? Have you heard anything back regarding your petition (I believe you got the petition going?).

By pxleal on Oct 15, 2014

I forgot to mention I had started a second petition on, this time asking for more research for prevention and treatment of peanut allergy. Please sign and share with your contacts.

By AmberC. on Oct 13, 2014

You had a good amount of signatures on your petition--how many did you need to get anything done? There must be some scientists out there somewhere who could take this on. Thank you for getting that petition going, that was excellent. As Yael said above, perhaps you could try again and plaster it all over forums? Do you have the energy for it?

By AmberC. on Oct 13, 2014

Scientists are facing an incredible amount of pressure these days. What about the Children's Medical Safety Research Institute? Have you tried contacting them?

By pxleal on Oct 13, 2014

I don't think there was a specific goal for an amount of signatures. I have seen petitions that get thousands of signatures, and I would think those are more likely to get noticed. A few hundred signatures I garnered by raw grass-roots efforts only since I did not pay to promote it further. Perhaps if donors were willing to promote it, I would consider Starting another petition. I don't think the same petition can be reopened.

I lost some faith in the scientific community after contacting a vaccine adjuvant expert who was initially open to discussing my questions about his articles. He later declined to answer my calls or emails when he learned the specifics about my questions regarding peanut in vaccines.

By vinucube on Oct 13, 2014

Dr. Carol,

Nobel Prize winner Charles Richet established more than a hundred years ago that injecting ANY protein into the body would result in sensitization. Subsequent exposure to that protein would result in an allergic reaction that he termed anaphylaxis.

So in theory, any protein in a vaccine will cause sensitization. The only open question is, how much allergen protein is needed to cause clinical allergy.

The FDA has not determined if such a safe level exists. The FDA wrote to me: "There is not, as you describe it, an FDA determined safe amount of a potentially allergenic ingredient contained in a vaccine. The FDA reviews vaccine composition in its entirety to ensure the safety and efficacy of the vaccine."

Since the FDA has not determined a safe limit nor does it enforce one, vaccines must be among the prime suspects for food allergy. Food allergy has been labeled the enigmatic epidemic. It will remain an enigmatic epidemic if we refuse to even consider the prime suspect as a possible cause.

Many varied and independent instances of allergy are all tied to the same mechanism Richet discovered. I have placed many references here to peer-reviewed published articles.

This study below shows that an influenza vaccine causes synthesis of anti-influenza IgE, in other words influenza allergy in 100% of the patients. So, vaccines WORK because they cause you to develop allergy to the virus. Anti-influenza IgE is therefore a good thing. But the ovalbumin injected along with the viral protein can result in anti-ovalbumin IgE and that is the problem.

Smith-Norowitz TA, Wong D, Kusonruksa M, Norowitz KB, Joks R, Durkin HG, Bluth MH. Long Term Persistence of IgE Anti-Influenza Virus Antibodies in Pediatric and Adult Serum Post Vaccination with Influenza Virus Vaccine. Int J Med Sci 2011; 8(3):239-244. doi:10.7150/ijms.8.239. Available from

By AmberC. on Oct 15, 2014

Respectfully Dr. Carol, back in the late 1980s and early 1990s antibiotics were given out like candy for things like common colds. It is only through the questioning of the purpose of antibiotics have we come to realize they are not effective for the treatment of viruses. Likewise, science is the pursuit of truth. If vaccines are playing a role in the food allergy epidemic then we need to explore that through thorough study. Why are we so afraid to look at vaccines? And why should any pharmaceutical product be free of liability? Taking such an important product like vaccines and given the manufacturer freedom from liability is asking for trouble.

By happyeater on Oct 13, 2014

I am just going to address the original post. First of all, just because your son got a vaccination around the time he developed allergic-type reaction does not mean that the vaccination caused the reaction. Association does not mean causation. Look at all the people who takes antibiotics for a cold (which is a viral infection…not killed by antibiotics) and get better! The antibiotics don't make the cold go away: the cold goes away on its own.

Second, speaking as an internal medicine physician, it does not sound like your son's symptoms are caused by a peanut allergy because he is having symptoms very frequently in many situations. Peanut protein is not so ubiquitous that it can cause anaphylaxis in all those situations you describe. He could be allergic to another chemical or maybe he has another disorder that is causing his symptoms, like chronic urticaria. An allergist can help you sort this all out, along with good information from you and your son about what brings on his symptoms.

Third, I want to make sure you know the acute treatment for an allergic reaction to peanuts is NOT prednisone: it is epinephrine. If he has an anaphylactic reaction, he needs epinephrine and transportation to the nearest ER.

By AmberC. on Oct 13, 2014

Yes! and yes! But if the FDA is not enforcing its own limits then people need to bring this to the attention of their elected official.

By pxleal on Oct 16, 2014

I just found this article detecting peanut and other food allergens in medications. To me this means one could theoretically become sensitized by these traces of allergens, although possibly not have overt allergic reactions. The full-text would be interesting to see which pharmaceutical drugs were tested.

Kokuritsu Iyakuhin Shokuhin Eisei Kenkyusho Hokoku. 2012;(130):58-65. [Studies on the food allergenic proteins contained in pharmaceutical excipients]. [Article in Japanese] Sakai S1, Adachi R, Miyazaki T, Aso Y, Okuda H, Teshima R. Author information Abstract Most drugs contain pharmaceutical excipients. These are pharmacologically inactive substances used as vehicles for the active ingredients of a medication. Some of these pharmaceutical excipients are produced from allergenic foods (e.g., milk, egg, peanut, soybean, and sesame) and removing proteins completely from such excipients is difficult. Therefore, if individuals with food allergy consume drugs containing allergenic food-derived excipients, eliminating the risk of developing specific allergic symptoms induced by them may not be possible. We determined the levels of proteins in pharmaceutical excipients and ethical drugs (inhalants and injections) by spectrophotometric analyses. The level of protein in the pharmaceutical excipient lactose in each sample was approximately 1 mg/g. In the case of oils from soybeans, peanuts, and sesame in pharmaceutical excipients, proteins were detected in the range 7-9 microg/g sample. We also determined levels of allergenic proteins in pharmaceutical excipients and ethical drugs using commercial enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay systems. The milk proteins in lactose were detected in the range 1.39-13.07 microg/g. The results of this study suggest that physicians, patients with food allergies, pharmacists, and healthcare providers must pay attention to presence of potential impurities those may cause allergic symptoms in pharmaceutical products. PMID: 23243989 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

By vinucube on Oct 16, 2014

Very small amounts of allergen are enough to cause the development of allergy (sensitization). But having an allergic reaction (elicitation) may require exposure to a larger amount of the allergen. So people with egg allergy, like my son who cannot eat egg at all, can safely get a flu shot that can contain up to 1 mcg of egg protein.

By AmberC. on Oct 16, 2014

Wow--I'm trying to recall, I believe I did see a study that showed many individuals in North America do test positive for peanut IgE, but not everyone reacts. I'll try to find that study. Doesn't this go back to what vinucube was saying about the lack of regulation? Thank you for tracking down this study, it's very interesting.