Here’s some good news for everyone. Researchers have come up with Flublock which uses recombinant DNA technology to prevent the flu. Now available and approved for adults ages 18-49.
This is great news for those who are severely allergic to eggs! Instead of using traditional vaccine components including egg, it uses an insect virus to help protect us from the dreaded flu. Not only is it safe for those with an egg allergy, but it also protects those vaccinated against all strains of the flu and represents an advancement in the vaccine manufacturing process.
So, don’t cringe too much when you’re headed for your shot. Relish in your good health and remember that you’re a part of the future of medicine!
And, if you’re looking to vaccinate those allergic to egg UNDER the age of 18, there’s more good news. The CDC – endorsed by the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology ( ACAAI) and the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology – just recently updated their recommendations regarding flue vaccines for the egg allergic. The October 2012 edition of the journal Annals of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology stated that special precautions (such as receiving the vaccine under a doctor’s care and remaining under observation for 30 minutes following the vaccine) are likely not necessary.
In emphasizing that the benefits of the flu vaccine outweigh the risk, allergist Dr. John Kelso, of the ACAAI, said, “In a large number of research studies published over the last several years, thousands of egg allergic children, including those with a severe life-threatening reaction to eating eggs, have received injectable influenza vaccine (IIV) as a single dose without a reaction. ”
**As always, contact your allergist with any concerns and for guidance specific to your individual healthy history.**