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Egg sensitivity and Flu Vaccine?

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I haven't seen my gastroenterologist for a few years.  I was diagnosed celiac and have been gluten free for more than 5 years.  I've been having trouble again for the past 6 months or so.  I've done a full elimination diet and have come up with the culprit - eggs!   I did a search of the forum here and have found it's not uncommon for people with celiac to develop a sensitivity to eggs.    

I can forego eating eating eggs but It's getting to be flu season.  I was planning on getting my flu shot today, as usual, at work.  The pre-shot questionnaire asks if I have an allergy to eggs.  As, I have never been tested, I don't know if this is really an "allergy".   I asked the nurse about it.  She said that if I do have an allergy to eggs,  it could be dangerous to get the vaccine.   So, I didn't ended up not getting the vaccine.  Anyone else in this boat.   Has anyone actually been tested for egg allergy?   Any advice as it pertains to the flu vaccine?  

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You would know if it was an allergy vs. an intolerance.  

There are no contraindications for the flu shot with egg allergies.  That nurse was misinformed.  I was at a conference last week and this specifically came up- there is NO reason someone with allergies can't get anything (besides the Yellow Fever vaccine). 

 

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I've just had my flu jab. I had two doctors (GPs) in attendance - one was inputting data on the computer, another was asking all the questions.  I am living in Britain so it could be that things are a bit different here but aside the normal questions, "Have you had a flu jab before?" and "Why are you having this?" (I've just discovered that coeliacs in the UK are eligible for a free injection) the last question was, "Do you have an allergy to eggs?"   I nearly answered "No, but someone on a forum I read has just asked the same question so can you explain why it might be a problem?" but I thought better of it as they seeemed to be in a bit of a hurry!

So I looked this up.

http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/vaccinations/pages/who-shouldnt-have-flu-vaccine.aspx

Not sure if this helps but it does eems there is a special vaccine that might be available if there is any doubt.


Diagnosed by blood test and endoscopy Spring 2013

Adopted a gluten-free diet in May 2013

 

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8 hours ago, cristiana said:

So I looked this up.

http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/vaccinations/pages/who-shouldnt-have-flu-vaccine.aspx

Not sure if this helps but it does eems there is a special vaccine that might be available if there is any doubt.

The flu shot can very from year to year and perhaps it's different over The Pond.  

https://www.aaaai.org/conditions-and-treatments/library/allergy-library/egg-allergy-and-the-flu-vaccine

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