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A 27-year-old member asked:

I'm allergic to eggs, is there a type of flu shot that i can get?

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Dr. Patrick Melder
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 27 years experience
See an allergist: You may be able to get the flu shot, but i would see an allergist first and not get this at a "minute clinic, " etc. See: http://www.Mayoclinic.Com/health/flu-vaccine-egg-allergy/an02033/.
Dr. Marc Rosenthal
Specializes in ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Depends...: The cdc changed their recommendation based on studies which show safety in people with mild egg allergies who get hives, but have not had anaphylaxis. With mild egg allergy, the person should be watched carefully for 30 minutes after the shot and it should be given by a physician with experience dealing with such people. For more information: http://www.Cdc.Gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm6033a3.Htm.

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A 47-year-old member asked:

Can people that are allergic to eggs get a flu shot?

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Dr. Jay Park
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Yes: As a matter of fact, a good number of people with egg allergy has received a flu shot without incident.
A 40-year-old member asked:

Can you get flu like symptoms from being allergic to eggs?

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Dr. Andrew Murphy
Allergy and Immunology 29 years experience
No : Flu like symptoms would include fever, chills, body aches and upper respiratory symptoms. These are not typical symptoms of food allergy.
A 43-year-old member asked:

If you are allergic to eggs you do not get a flu shot--why is this?

3 doctor answers8 doctors weighed in
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Grown in eggs : The flu virus strains that are later inactivated & placed in the flu shot are grown using eggs as a supportive nutrient.The manufacturing process filters out all but a minute amount of egg protein from the material but enough remains to create problems if someone is very allergic to eggs.Simple reactions to eggs do not require exclusion, but major ones do. Check with your dr to be sure.
Dr. Sathish Adigopula
Pediatrics 20 years experience
CDC website suggests extreme caution and a protocol of monitoring after flu shot if person with sever egg allergy is to get a flu shot. This also is applicable for the live inactivated nasal spray too - for the same reason as mentioned by Dr. Ferguson
Oct 2, 2012

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