Pediatricians from Johns Hopkins Children’s Center say even though the flu vaccine contains egg protein, most children with egg and other food allergies can be immunized safely with a few basic precautions. Children with established diagnoses of severe egg allergy should not be immunized without consulting a pediatric allergist. But in most cases, even these children can be vaccinated safely after a skin-prick test to the vaccine itself to gage the risk for a reaction. Children with suspected yet unconfirmed allergies and those with mild egg allergy usually can be vaccinated in their pediatrician’s office. Children with known allergies can be given anti-allergy medications, such as antihistamines and corticosteroids, before vaccination to help ward off or lessen an allergic reaction.
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