Influenza immunization in egg allergy: an update for the 2011–2012 season

Erlewyn-Lajeunesse, M., Lucas, J.S. and Warner, John O. (2011) Influenza immunization in egg allergy: an update for the 2011–2012 season. Clinical Experimental Allergy, 41, (10), 1367-1370. (doi:10.1111/j.1365-2222.2011.03842.x).


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Flu vaccines contain detectable amounts of egg protein, which may pose a risk to egg-allergic individuals. The 2009 H1N1 influenza pandemic required mass vaccination in many countries, and the safety of flu immunization in egg allergy became of increasing public health importance. This article reviews recent literature and provides an updated guideline for immunization during the 2011–2012 flu season. Recent experience suggests that some vaccines with very low ovalbumin concentrations may be safe for use in primary care in carefully assessed low-risk individuals.

Item Type: Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): doi:10.1111/j.1365-2222.2011.03842.x
ISSNs: 1365-2222 (electronic)
Subjects: Q Science > QR Microbiology > QR180 Immunology
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
R Medicine > RB Pathology
Divisions : Faculty of Medicine > Clinical and Experimental Sciences
ePrint ID: 201679
Accepted Date and Publication Date:
October 2011Published
20 September 2011Made publicly available
Date Deposited: 01 Nov 2011 16:43
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2016 13:46

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