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2008-2009 Flu Season and Egg Allergy

Egg Allergy and 2008-2009 Flu VaccineIt’s getting to be that time of year again.  Flu season is on its way which means it may be time for certain high risk groups to get their annual flu shot.

According to the U.S. News and World Report today, U.S. health officials are advising – in addition to adults – that all children get the vaccine between the ages of six month and 18 years of age unless they have an egg allergy.  This year, health officials feel that they have a particularly effective vaccine which will cover the flu strains that are circulating.

Regarding the egg allergy, according to, the influenza vaccine is “made using chicken egg or related substances. In theory, if one is allergic to eggs, then one may be allergic to egg-based vaccines.”

Dr. Daniel B. Jernigan, deputy director of the CDC’s Influenza Division, said to members of the press at a teleconference Wednesday, “We are optimistic that this year’s vaccine will be on target in protecting against the flu.”

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