Every year the flu vaccine is produced using an egg based culture. This means the flu vaccine contains a small amount of egg protein which will vary year to year and by the manufacturer. For many years, children with an egg allergy were denied the flu vaccine due to concerns of a possible allergic reaction. This was a real shame since many children with an egg allergy are in high risk groups for the flu, both for being under two years of age and because many have asthma. Over the past few years, we have begun to offer the flu vaccine to the egg allergic child at our clinic.

Our approach to the child with an egg allergy requiring the flu vaccine:

  • A thorough clinical history on the severity of the egg allergy is obtained and reviewed.
  • For the child with a minor egg allergy and if the child is currently ingesting baked egg products, a single dose of the vaccine may be administered either at our clinic or at the pediatrician's office.
  • For the child with a severe egg allergy or if the child is not ingesting baked egg products, a single dose of the vaccine is given followed by a thirty minute waiting period.

By following this approach, we at The Food Allergy Specialists have safely immunized hundreds of children with egg allergies.