skin prick test for flu shot

Posted on: Sun, 10/03/2004 - 12:39am
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Austin was skin pricked on Friday to see if he was eligible for the flu shot. We kept him off zyrtec for 3 days prior to his test, and consequently the ragweed here in SC has gotten the best of him. However, the skin test worked quite well. The histamine control was VERY positive, and the neg control was fine. THe allergist tested him with the actual flu vaccine to see if he would react. Unfortunately he did. ALthough the reaction was nowhere near his histamine control, there was about a 3+ result from the prick. Looks like no flu shot again this year. We fought it last year, as Austin had a really bad case of it. We even had him tested and it really was the flu that was affecting him. Hopefully the flu wont be so bad this year....if only I could vaccinate all the kids in his daycare class!! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

Posted on: Sun, 10/03/2004 - 1:17am
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Is he allergic to eggs? I'm just wondering if that is why he can't have the flu shot. We can't get it for our son either. I am considering getting it for myself, dh, and his brothers though to minimize his chances of getting it.
Take care,

Posted on: Sun, 10/03/2004 - 3:56am
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Since my daughter was sensitized to egg by a negative skin prick test, and on her next exposure went into anaphylaxis, all I can say is your are very lucky he was positive in the doctor`s office. On another note, since there is treatment for influenza but it has to be started within 24 hours of symptoms, maybe your doctor could give you a prescription that you could fill when necessary. There are a couple of different ones. One is called Tamiflu, don`t recall the names of the others.

Posted on: Sun, 10/03/2004 - 12:20pm
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We all get the flu shot now except DS who is allergic to eggs. We all take vitamins during the flu season and also wash hands, wash hands, wash hands, and if one of us gets sick, we stay away from the rest of the family.

Posted on: Sun, 10/03/2004 - 2:38pm
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Quote:Originally posted by Carefulmom:
[b]Since my daughter was sensitized to egg by a negative skin prick test, and on her next exposure went into anaphylaxis, all I can say is your are very lucky he was positive in the doctor`s office. On another note, since there is treatment for influenza but it has to be started within 24 hours of symptoms, maybe your doctor could give you a prescription that you could fill when necessary. There are a couple of different ones. One is called Tamiflu, don`t recall the names of the others.[/b]
Hi Carefulmom,
Do you have any idea what Tamiflu consists of? I like the idea... but my son has anaphylaxis to Ibuprofen, aspirin and ASA. I will have to ask the pharmacy about that.
Thanks for the info,

Posted on: Sun, 10/03/2004 - 11:31pm
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My son is allergic to eggs and his new pediatrician still wants to give him the flu shot???? I am so confused, not sure what to do. He has never had an anaphylactic reaction to egg but does test at around a 3. Any advice??

Posted on: Mon, 10/04/2004 - 12:05am
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To answer some questions, Austin is allergic to egg. He had egg in prepared baby foods like gerber etc, as a baby, but we realized he had an egg allergy when he ate it in mac and cheese and also in pancakes. I guess the eggs were not cooked enough to denature the protein. His reactions both required epi. He had been able to tolerate it baked goods, but that was before the egg diagnosis. Believe it or not, he had the flu shot at 6 months of age, w/o a problem. My daughter has asthma, therefore we all try to get the shot. And that's why i chose to have him vaccinated at 6 months of age. That was the last flu shot, since we discovered his egg allergy shortly after his 1st bday.
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I like the idea of having the prescription on hand for amantadine or tamiflu. THere is only a 48 hour window in which administration of the medication must occur in order for it to successfully treat the flu.
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thanks for the advice...
allison
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Posted on: Mon, 10/04/2004 - 3:59am
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Smartalyk, Tamiflu is some sort of antiviral drug, like an antibiotic except for viruses not bacteria. I don`t think it has ibuprofen or aspirin, but I am not absolutely sure, so better to check with your doctor.

Posted on: Mon, 10/04/2004 - 7:46am
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We did Tamiflu last year for both our kids, ds is PN/Soy allergic, he is also sensitive to dyes and I remember being grateful it wasn't colored. It was however HORRIBLE tasting, both kids take meds without a fight, and they would cry when I took out this stuff. Ds was 2 1/2 and said it tasted like "stinky feets". Neither kid had a reaction to the med though.

Posted on: Wed, 10/06/2004 - 2:32am
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