MMR Vaccination and egg allergy

Posted on: Wed, 05/16/2007 - 9:47am
M. Mariano's picture
Joined: 04/30/2007 - 09:00


First of all I am so thankful this discussion board is available. I have found my doctors not to be that great of help. Anyway I need some advice, my DD is scheduled for her 1 yr. app. they are suppose to give her the MMR vacination. She is severely allergic to eggs though. The Dr. said she'd be o.k, and that the benefits outweigh the risks of getting sick. Have any of you chose not to get your allergic child vaccinated, or when they did get the vacination did they experience a reaction? Please help!!!

Posted on: Wed, 05/16/2007 - 10:47am
chanda4's picture
Joined: 12/14/2006 - 09:00

3 of my 4 kiddos are egg allergic, Jake is my most severe, he's had neck squeezing(anaphylaxis) from it. All of my kids have had their scheduled vaccines and they also get flu shots every winter. So if that helps, not one reaction ever from any of them. Good luck!
Chanda(mother of 4)
Sidney-8 (beef and chocolate, grasses, molds, weeds, guinea pig & asthma)
Jake-6 (peanut, all tree nuts, eggs, trees, grasses, weeds, molds, cats, dogs, guinea pig & eczema & asthma)
Carson-3 1/2 (milk, soy, egg, beef and pork, cats, dog, guinea pig and EE)
Savannah-1 (milk and egg)

Posted on: Wed, 05/16/2007 - 11:02am
melissa's picture
Joined: 07/05/2004 - 09:00

Ditto what Chanda said (but I only have one egg allergic babe).

Posted on: Wed, 05/16/2007 - 11:42am
mistey's picture
Joined: 01/18/2004 - 09:00

I'm probably in the minority, but my ds actually BECAME allergic to egg after having an ana reaction to a flu shot last year.
But would I still give him his shots, ESPECIALLY the MMR shots? Absolutely.

Posted on: Wed, 05/16/2007 - 12:01pm
SallyL's picture
Joined: 02/20/2006 - 09:00

My DD is egg allergic and had no reaction to her MMR. (at the time I was too clueless to know that I should even ask about it!). So no problem here!

Posted on: Wed, 05/16/2007 - 12:44pm
lilpig99's picture
Joined: 12/22/2005 - 09:00

MMR shots for my egg alllergic little one--YES.
Flu shots for my egg allergic child - NO.
Allergist advice.

Posted on: Thu, 05/17/2007 - 12:37am
mom0810's picture
Joined: 03/30/2007 - 09:00

The vaccine insert for the MMR actually advises AGAINST using the vaccine on anyone with an egg allergy. I would strongly advise against using this vaccine on any egg allergic child. The manufacturer does, also. This is one of the main medical contraindications for MMR vaccines. Don't do it!

Posted on: Thu, 05/17/2007 - 1:05am
Carefulmom's picture
Joined: 01/03/2002 - 09:00

Dd was anaphylactic to egg at the time she was due for MMR and per the recommendations, she did not receive MMR. Recommendations were that egg allergy is not a contraindication, but anaphylaxis to egg is.

Posted on: Thu, 05/17/2007 - 1:50am
lilpig99's picture
Joined: 12/22/2005 - 09:00

This is taken from the Feb-Mar 2007 issue of Food Allergy News
[i]Egg Allergy Update
by John M. James, M.D.
"Several vaccines have been associated with adverse effects in children with an egg allergy. In the past, adverse reactions to the measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccine were thought to be related to egg allergy; but research studies have demonstrated that these reactions are most likely secondary to a vaccine component called gelatin, which is a protein contained in collagen, and not egg.
The MMR vaccine can be safely administered to patients with an egg allergy. The influenza vaccine is typically of most concern to those with egg allergy.
Influenza infection represents a major public health concern yearly to high-risk groups, including young children, people with asthma, and the elderly. Due to manufacturing processes, influenza vaccines, including the nasal vaccine, contain detectable amounts of egg protein.
Those with egg allergy, especially patients with a history of anaphylactic reactions to egg, are typically advised not to use the vaccine. Those who have asthma and who also have an egg allergy might be denied the vaccine because of the risk of adverse reaction.
Current evidence supports that, under the supervision of experienced physicians, (typically allergists), the influenza vaccine may be administered with relative safety to those who have an egg allergy and for those whom it is deemed necessary. A practical method of administering the influenza vaccine includes incremental dosing of the vaccine in this high-risk group has been published. Ask your doctor for more information. "[/i]
[This message has been edited by lilpig99 (edited May 17, 2007).]

Posted on: Thu, 05/17/2007 - 2:00am
Mom2Ian's picture
Joined: 02/26/2007 - 09:00

DS had his 1yr MMR within weeks of his egg allergy diagnosis. He had no problems but as a precaution we were asked to stay at the DR's for one hour so he could be monitored. He has had a few more vaccinations since then with no problem but the doctor does recommend he stay away from the flu shot.
He has no history of anaphylaxis to egg and low numbers though so your situation may be different.

Posted on: Thu, 05/17/2007 - 2:03am
mom0810's picture
Joined: 03/30/2007 - 09:00

Well, as a mom who is delaying many vaccines for my son and skipping others, I would never even consider the flu shot. But if my child was ana. to eggs, I would not give the MMR, either. In the past that has been the recommendation, and I have read about so many cases of severe reactions. Check the VAERS database.
Always ask to read the insert that comes with the vaccine before allowing one to be given to your child, allergic or not.


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