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Can you get vaccines if you are allergic to eggs?

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Updated June 04, 2011

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Question: Can you get vaccines if you are allergic to eggs?
Answer:

The following vaccines are cultured in eggs or chick embryos and contain small amounts of egg protein:

Each vaccine contains different levels of egg protein, and some are considered safer for people with egg allergies than others. Yellow Fever vaccine is not considered safe for people with any type egg allergies. MMR is considered safe. The influenza and rabies vaccines are safe in particular circumstances.

Talk to your doctor about the safety of each vaccine individually. The type and severity of your reactions to eggs may determine if a certain vaccine is safe for you.

Source:

NIAID-Sponsored Expert Panel. Guidelines for the Diagnosis and Management of Food Allergy in the United States: Report of the NIAID-Sponsored Expert Panel. The Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology. Volume 126, Issue 6, Supplement , Pages S1-S58, December 2010

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