Egg Allergy & Flu Vaccines
As presented at the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology conference to thousands of allergists in November 2020, there is strong evidence that egg-allergic individuals can safely receive the influenza vaccine without any additional precautions beyond those recommended for any vaccine.
Why is this possible? The manufacturers of all influenza vaccines report the maximum amount of ovalbumin as being less than 1 microgram per a 0.5mL dose.
Furthermore, the measured amounts in independent laboratories are usually even much lower than the claimed amounts.
Thus, the vaccine does not contain enough ovalbumin to cause a systemic allergic reaction.
To date, 27 studies involving over 4,100 children with egg allergy have shown them receiving the influenza vaccine without any serious reactions. Patients with egg allergy are at no greater risk for a systemic reaction to the influenza vaccine than those without egg allergy.
If you have an egg allergy and you have had a previous allergic reaction to the influenza vaccine, then you should be evaluated by an allergist to determine whether future receipt of the vaccine is appropriate.
Information taken from the American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology conference in November 2020.