Study finds flu shot safe for people with egg allergy
Fri, Jan 12, 2018
An egg allergy might not prevent you from getting a flu shot after all, according to a new report.
The researchers studied thousands of people with egg allergies, including hundreds with severe allergies, and found that they were not at an increased risk for reactions from the recommended flu shot.
Most flu shots are made using chicken eggs and contain small amounts of ovalbumin – a protein found in egg whites. People with egg allergies traditionally have been advised to get an egg-free shot. That should no longer be the case, the report says.
People with egg allergies, the report says, will no longer need to:
- See an allergy specialist for the flu shot
- Get flu shots that contain no egg
- Have long observation periods after getting their shot
That means more people can receive the flu shot without worries. This is important because the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention encourages everyone six months of age and older to get vaccinated against the flu.
Until now, at least two percent of children in the United States couldn’t easily get their flu shot because of an egg allergy.
“I think this is good information to share,” says Dr. Laura Vogel-Schwartz, an emergency medicine physician with BayCare Clinic. “Children and the elderly are more likely to get the flu than others, so knowing you can receive the recommended vaccine, even if you are allergic to eggs, is a key development in the fight against the flu.”
Receiving flu vaccine is the most effective way to avoid or minimize the flu, the CDC says.
“It’s not too late to get your flu shot,” says Vogel-Schwartz. “Flu season usually peaks in January or February and can last until May, so we still encourage people to get it.”
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