Monday, June 29, 2009

Information on Eggs in the Flu Shot and Flu Spray

We are way out of flu season at the present moment, but I found this interesting post on CNN Health that I thought I would share. Someone inquired about an eggless flu shot and a pediatrician responded. I had known for some time now about eggs and the flu vaccine, but not about the nasal spray. Interesting information for anyone who is allergic.

From CNN Health's website:

All influenza vaccines are made by growing influenza virus particles in chicken eggs before treating them in a way to kill (inactivate) or weaken the viruses. Influenza shots contain tiny amounts of egg protein, with varying amounts found in different brands of the vaccine. Because of the remaining amount of egg in the injection, it should not be given to people who have an anaphylactic allergic response to egg.

Products containing cooked and processed eggs such as bread, cake and other baked goods often contain more egg protein than influenza shots. According to some allergy specialists in my area, if a person is able to eat these products without an allergic reaction, he or she is likely to tolerate a flu shot as well.

The nasal spray flu vaccine, which is an option for people ages 2 to 49 years without certain conditions such as asthma, diabetes or a suppressed immune system, contains more egg protein than the injections and should not be given to anyone with an egg allergy.

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1 comment:

Henry Smith said...

According to some allergy specialists in my area, if a person is able to eat these products without an allergic reaction, he or she is likely to tolerate a flu shot as well.
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