Egg allergy is one of the most common food allergies in children, but by age 16 about 70 percent outgrow the allergy.
The study showed that a single dose is safe, Greenhawt adds, making it unnecessary to administer the dose in two steps, one of the techniques used in the past to minimize the risk of allergic reactions. He adds that skin testing to the vaccine, another technique used in the past to minimize this risk, is also unnecessary, as was proven in a past University of Michigan study in 2009. Such precautions may have served as barriers to vaccination in the past.
Greenhawt says the only precaution needed is that egg-allergic children should be observed for 30 minutes after vaccination in any medical setting, including primary care providers’ offices, where an allergic reaction could be recognized and treated should it occur.
“Because the prevalence of egg allergy in children is approximately 2 percent, we know there are a significant number of children who don’t get the flu vaccine. This study can put parents’ fears to rest and hopefully help more kids avoid the flu,” he says.
The study was conducted from October 2010 to March 2012 at seven institutions, including the University of Michigan.
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