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Patients with Egg Allergy Can Safely Receive Any Flu Vaccine

Recent studies have shown that individuals who are allergic to eggs can safely receive any licensed flu vaccine. The Joint Task Force on Practice Parameters of the American Academy of Allergy Asthma and Immunology and the American College of Allergy Asthma and Immunology states that no special precautions are required for the administration of influenza vaccine to egg-allergic patients, no matter how severe the egg allergy.  
The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advises that if a patient’s reaction to eating eggs is hives only, the vaccine can be administered in the primary care provider's office, with a 30-minute observation period afterward. If the reaction to eggs involves additional symptoms (e.g., difficulty breathing, lightheadedness), the vaccine should be administered in an allergist's office, with a 30-minute observation period afterward. Access the Immunization Action Coalition’s ACIP guideline
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  • My son is extremely allergic to egg and gelatin when used in vaccines. When he was 4 years old, he had a severe reaction to his shots. Two months later, he received the flu vaccine (h1n1 as well as reg flu) and had the same reaction within 15 minutes. We saw an allergist who did a skin test proving it was the gelatin and egg. He has heart defects so we tried to do the multi-step flu shot, and he had an immediate reaction. Hives, rapid breathing and pulse, burning inside, lethargy. When he eats gelatin he gets itchy ears, but in a vaccine. He is in severe trouble. So, long story short, we must avoid all vaccines with these ingredients.

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