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Influenza vaccines and egg allergy

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160927FluVaccines-325It is recommended that everyone older than 6 months receive an annual influenza vaccination, especially children, seniors, those who have asthma, and women who are pregnant.

In the past, there has been concern about vaccinating patients who have a history of egg allergy because the majority of injectable and nasal influenza vaccines are cultured in fluid from chick embryos. However, the current flu vaccines have very small amounts of egg allergen in them. Studies have shown that patients with egg allergy, even those with a history of severe anaphylactic reactions, can safely receive a flu shot. Therefore, it is no longer necessary to skin test with the flu vaccine prior to receiving it.



Patients who tolerate eggs, despite a prior history of egg allergy, are no longer considered to be egg allergic. Patients who cannot tolerate scrambled eggs, but can tolerate egg in baked goods, would benefit from an allergy evaluation to clarify their current allergic status. However, this should not delay them from getting a flu shot.

The bottom line: It is very important that all patients older than 6 months with a history of egg allergy receive an annual flu shot to minimize the risk of severe, potentially life-threatening influenza infection.

Established patients of Oak Street Medical and Oregon Allergy Associates can get their flu shot at one of several flu shot clinics offered in October; no appointment needed.

Flu Shot Clinics
Tuesday, Oct. 4, 7:30-10:30 am
Tuesday, Oct. 11, 7:30-10:30 am
Tuesday, Oct. 18, 7:30-10:30 am

The clinics will be held at the Oak Street Medical office, located at 1426 Oak Street, Eugene. If you are unable to make it to one of these clinics, call 541-868-2140 to schedule an appointment.

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Knowledgeable and cheerful, Dr. Richard Buck's friendly personality and more than 30 years of experience complement one another perfectly. Board certified in asthma, allergy and immunology, as well as pediatrics, he diagnoses and treats patients of all ages.