Study: Flu shot safe for those with egg allergy

The flu vaccine is safe for children and adults with egg allergies.{} The new findings come from research that is especially timely in light of the current widespread flu.

For a long time, children and adults with egg allergies were advised not to get a flu shot because the vaccination contained trace amounts of egg allergen.

A study published in the December 2012 issue of the journal{}Annals of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology{}concluded that flu vaccine contains such a low amount of egg protein that it won't cause an allergic reaction in children with an egg allergy.

Dr. James Sublett, chairman of the public relations committee at the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, says the benefits far outweigh the risks. "The best precaution for children that have experienced anaphylaxis, a life-threatening allergic reaction, after ingesting eggs in the past is to receive the vaccination from an allergist."

Egg allergy is one of the most common food allergies in children, but about 70 percent of children outgrow the allergy by age 16.