Children who have an egg allergy can still be immunised
using the standard influenza vaccine, in primary care or school. Current preparations contain very low doses
of ovalbumin and have been shown to be safe.
The exception to this is a child who has had a previous anaphylactic egg
reaction, severe enough to have been admitted to an intensive care unit. There are
no data available for this group and therefore, it is advised that this should
be done in a hospital setting, with the intranasal vaccine.
Children with an egg allergy can, and should be offered MMR
immunisation as standard in a primary care setting. There is no evidence that individuals with
egg allergy are at greater risk of anaphylaxis following MMR. Anaphylaxis post MMR is extremely rare. If a child has had a possible anaphylactic
reaction following their first MMR, advice should be sought before proceeding
with any further doses. It is important
to consider the risk of not being fully immunised versus the risk of giving the
immunisation. We are happy to discuss
this via Kinesis .