Ask the Experts: Influenza vaccine safety in patients with egg allergy

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Allergic reaction to egg can be severe; therefore, understanding the current recommendations and concerns for influenza vaccination in patients with egg allergy is important.

Until recently, all influenza vaccines had been prepared by inoculation of virus into chicken eggs. In 2012, FDA announced the approval of Flucelvax (Novartis), the first influenza vaccine produced using cultured animal cells instead of fertilized chicken eggs.

Allergic reaction to egg can be severe. In the Vaccine Update column from March/April 2013 JAPhA, Milavetz and colleagues from the University of Iowa College of Pharmacy describe the critical importance of understanding the current recommendations and concerns for influenza vaccination in patients with egg allergy.

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