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Is the flu shot you sniff also formulated in an egg base?

Asked by skfinkel (13478points) October 2nd, 2010

For about six months after I had my first flu shot a couple of years ago, I got hives if I even got near an egg. So, I was told no more flu shots for me. However, I was wondering if the flu prevention you sniff is made differently, maybe I could have that instead?

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jaytkay's avatar

Looks like yes, eggs are used

From the federal Centers for Disease Control:
Live Intranasal Influenza Vaccine
…Inflenza vaccine virus is grown in eggs. People with a severe egg allergy should not get infl uenza vaccine…

From the manufacturer:
Who should not get FluMist?
You should not get FluMist if you: are allergic to eggs

http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/pubs/vis/downloads/vis-flulive.pdf

http://www.flumist.com/

mickhock's avatar

At our doctors surgery there is a poster on the wall stating “if you have an alergy to eggs DON NOT HAVE THE FLU JAB!”.

skfinkel's avatar

I should add that previous to this shot, I was not allergic to eggs, and after six months, it kind of wore off. Weird.

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