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Sorry if this is the wrong topic or if it's already been discussed.

But, are seasonal flu vaccines generally safe for gluten-intolerant people? I know it doesn't get ingested. Just shot into the arm or whatever...but I'm just so used to double-checking anything before putting into my body that I felt I should check on this too. The place I work is strongly encouraging everyone to get one unless they have a good reason not to. So I just wanted to check if vaccines particularly getting a flu vaccine is safe gluten-wise.

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No vaccine that I know of contains gluten. I do not know of any injectable medicine or vaccine that contains gluten. Gluten acts as a thickener and that is something you do not want in an injectable substance. This is equally true of intravenous drips.

The flu vaccines are cultured on eggs, so anyone who is allergic or otherwise sensitive to eggs should not be vaccinated.

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Hm okay. Thanks. I'd never heard vaccines come up as an issue, but again - I'm just paranoid now about putting anything in my body unless I know it's gluten-less :P

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Peter is right. Injectables do not have gluten. You don't even need to ask.

richard

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