Flu Vaccine for People with Egg Allergy

Flu Vaccine for People with Egg Allergy

Having a food allergy means that you’re constantly monitoring not just what you eat but other ways you might come into contact with your allergen. Food preparation, cross contamination, and for people with an egg allergy that includes the flu vaccine. The flu vaccine does contain a small egg protein, so what does that mean if you're allergic to eggs? Is the vaccine safe for you?

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Summary:

CDC and its Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices have not changed their recommendations regarding egg allergy and receipt of influenza (flu) vaccines. The recommendations remain the same as those recommended for the 2018-2019 season. Based on those recommendations, people with egg allergies no longer need to be observed for an allergic reaction for 30 minutes after receiving a flu vaccine. People with a history of egg allergy of any severity should receive any licensed, recommended, and age-appropriate influenza vaccine. Those who have a history of severe allergic reaction to egg (i.e., any symptom other than hives) should be vaccinated in an inpatient or outpatient medical setting (including but not necessarily limited to hospitals, clinics, health departments, and physician offices), under the supervision of a health care provider who is able to recognize and manage severe allergic conditions.

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Q & A: Which Patients with Food Allergy Are Candidates for Oral Immunotherapy?

Q&A: Which Patients with Food Allergy Are Candidates for Oral Immunotherapy?

If you have a food allergy, how do you handle it? For some it requires developing strategies to avoid potentially life threatening allergens. By working with an allergist, an oral immunotherapy plan (OIT) should be developed. What is an OIT? Does it work for my allergy? Am I a good candidate for OIT? The answer to these and other questions can be found in a Q&A with Douglas H. Jones, MD, cofounder of Global Food Therapy, co-founder and president of Food Allergy Support Team and director of Rocky Mountain Allergy at Tanner Clinic.

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By Richard Gawel
By Douglas H. Jones, MD
September 09, 2021

Patients with food allergies can avoid items that may be dangerous — or they can work with an allergist to develop an oral immunotherapy plan that would enable them to safely consume and enjoy previously dangerous foods.

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Douglas H. Jones

Douglas H. Jones, MD, cofounder of Global Food Therapy, cofounder and president of Food Allergy Support Team and director of Rocky Mountain Allergy at Tanner Clinic, discussed factors to consider when determining if a patient with food allergies is a candidate for oral immunotherapy (OIT) during a presentation at Allergy & Asthma Network’s Global Food Allergy Summit. Healio spoke with Jones to find out more.

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What to Do If You Can’t Afford Epinephrine Auto-Injectors

Having an allergy can be challenging and inconvenient. When it’s life threatening it can be deadly. We know that epinephrine helps stop attacks of anaphylaxis; it’s vital that individuals at risk have access. But what do you do when the costs make that access difficult? To help with affordability the manufacturers of epinephrine auto-injectors have extended their savings program through 2021. In addition there may be other steps you could take to help lower your cost of epinephrine auto-injectors (EAI) devices.

What to Do If You Can’t Afford Epinephrine Auto-Injectors

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Kids With Food Allergies 3/5/21

The manufacturers of epinephrine devices have extended their U.S. savings programs through 2021.

Epinephrine is the only treatment for a severe allergic reaction known as anaphylaxis [anna-fih-LACK-sis]. It is only available through a prescription by your doctor. Each prescription comes with two auto-injectors in a two-pack.

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Meet Neffy, the Friendly Epinephrine Nasal Spray from ARS Pharma Awaiting FDA Approval

Meet Neffy, the Friendly Epinephrine Nasal Spray from ARS Pharma Awaiting FDA Approval

Having a life threatening allergy is scary. That was the advertising approach taken in 2016 by Epi-Pen maker Mylan with their “Face Your Risk” awareness campaign. ARS Pharma is taking a different approach with their epinephrine nasal spray, going for a friendly approach and the first step in that is naming of the spray, Neffy.

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by Beth Snyder Bulik
Sep 3, 2021

Friendly epinephrine? Meet Neffy, ARS Pharmaceuticals’ nasal spray epinephrine to treat severe allergic reactions to food, medicines and insect bites.

Neffy, now awaiting FDA approval, aims to flip the script on past epinephrine autoinjector marketing that focused on fear around the severe reactions called anaphylaxis. Anaphylaxis is indeed scary—hives, extreme swelling, breathing difficulties, loss of consciousness and even death can happen quickly.

Remember the chilling 2016 “Face Your Risk” awareness campaign from Epi-Pen maker Mylan, now Viatris? Its TV ad featured a teenage girl at a party who accidentally eats a brownie with peanut butter, showing her rapid descent into anaphylaxis as her friends panic around her.

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‘Most People’ Find Allergen Labels Unclear as Precautionary Labelling Spreads Confusion

Have you ever read a food label, looking for information on potential allergens and weren’t sure what was and wasn’t in the item? You’re not alone and if you suffer from a life threatening allergy, that confusion could be deadly. A new study showed that less than half people found the messaging clear when it came to allergens on food labels. The importance of accurate and clear food labeling is essential to helping those with allergies navigate their food choices and to staying safe.

‘Most People’ Find Allergen Labels Unclear as Precautionary Labelling Spreads Confusion

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Katy Askew
28-Jul-2021

As a new study reveals, the majority of people find allergen labels confusing. What's the problem and what should be done?

When researchers from The Netherlands evaluated consumer understanding of allergy information on food labels, less than half of people found the messaging clear.

The study, published in journal Clinical & Experimental Allergy, involved two separate experiments with a total of 96 consumers with food allergies and 105 without.

Investigators first randomly presented 18 different food products with labels suggesting peanut was, may be, or was not an ingredient. They then presented three different formats of information: 'Produced in a Factory' and 'May contain' or 'Traces of'.

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