The Flu Shot and Egg Allergies – What Should You Do?

Update on Flu Vaccine for Egg Allergic Patients
People with egg allergies can — and should — get the flu shot this year, according to a new report by the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology.
New data shows there is a very small amount of egg protein in the H1N1 and seasonal flu vaccines and that the majority of people with egg allergy do not have an allergic reaction to the flu vaccine.
Skin testing is no longer necessary unless the person with egg allergy has had a reaction to the flu vaccine in the past. The flu vaccine can be given in two doses or as a single dose if someone has an egg allergy.
An allergy evaluation and caution is still advised in patients with a known history of anaphylaxis to egg products or to the flu vaccine.
Please free to contact Dr. Mona Mangat for any further questions regarding this issue.