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Egg-Allergic Children Now Have No Barriers to Flu Shot

Source: Infection Control Today

10/01/2013

Even children with an egg allergy can get flu shots without special precautions, according to the latest update on the safety of the flu vaccine, published in the October issue of the Annals of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology. The current recommendation from the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices for children allergic to eggs is to observe them closely for 30 minutes after a flu shot, which should be given under the care of a primary care provider or an allergist. Allergist Dr. John points out that, “over the last several years, thousands of egg-allergic children, including those with a severe life-threatening reaction to eating eggs, have received injectable influenza vaccine (IIV) as a single dose without a reaction.” The American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology says that, based on current data, egg-allergic patients do not require “special precautions regarding medical setting and waiting periods after administration of IIV” beyond what is recommended for any vaccine. Kelso also noted that the flu vaccine’s benefits outweigh the risks.



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