Some with egg allergies can get influenza vaccinations

Egg allergy and Influenza vaccination – is it a real issue?

It appears that this may not be an issue after all. Updated recommendations from the CDC now support vaccinating most patients with egg allergies. The Vaccine Adverse Events Reporting System (VAERS) database (created to ease concerns of antivaccinationists) has recorded only four deaths related to an allergic reaction to influenza vaccine between the years 1990 and 2005 – an extremely low rate indeed.

The risk of death is so low that I had to find an interesting comparison with a common activity. I found that the likelihood of dying while playing table tennis is far higher at (1:250597).

Algorithm for vaccinating persons with a history of egg allergies



  1. MMWR August 26, 2011 / 60(33);1128–1132

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