immunizations and new food/allergen exposure

Posted on: Sun, 03/18/2001 - 8:05am
CVB in CA's picture
Joined: 10/15/1999 - 09:00

pHas anyone introduced a new food to their child after immunizations (MMR, etc.) or boosters that caused a reaction? Do you feel your child was more sensitive to allergens in the days following immunizations? Did your child get a cold a few days after immunizations?/p
pMy kids both seemed to get sick (cold, ear infection, whatever) within a week or two following an immunization shot. Also, seem more affected by enviormental allergies. It seems like this would also be a bad time to introduce new foods to an infant or toddler, but have never heard any medical advice on the subject./p
pAny comment?/p

Posted on: Sun, 03/18/2001 - 8:27am
Cindia's picture
Joined: 06/05/2001 - 09:00

That's interesting that you should mention MMR vaccine...
My son's first introduction and reaction to peanuts was the same day he got his MMR shot. In hind site, we should not have introduced a new food on the same day as his immunizations.
So, we weren't sure whether it was the peanut butter cracker or the shot that gave him hives, wheezing, facial swelling.
I did some research on the MMR shot reactions and found a study that showed that the shot was made from gelatin and that people with a gelatin allergy can have a severe reaction to the MMR vaccine.
It was not until later that we decided that it was probably the peanut butter that he was allergic too, not gelatin.
For the official word, he will be getting the RAST for peanuts, brazil nuts, cashews, almonds, and walnuts next week.
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Posted on: Mon, 03/19/2001 - 2:27am
Plaba's picture
Joined: 03/18/2001 - 09:00

As for vaccinations...
The MMR shot is attenuated (weakened) through chick embryos/eggs. Children who are allergic to eggs should not have this vaccine. The trouble is that most pediatricians don't tell you this and a lot of parents aren't aware that children have this allergy at the time the MMR is administered. Also, children allergic to neomycin should avoid vaccines (or delay vaccines) that contain this. I'm not sure however whether or not there is a screening test for neomycin for very young children.
I know that my views on vaccinations in general are not the norm, but I personally feel that they are a premature medical assault on the immune system. Children with a family history of allergies should really research as much as they can before inoculating their kids because a family history of asthma, eczema, allergies and arthritis (all immunological disorders)can make a child more susceptable to more serious allergies and bad reactions.
Mom of 3--one severely allergic to nuts, eggs and milk
Aunt of a child who nearly died from an allergy to an ingredient in a vaccine--now autistic

Posted on: Mon, 03/19/2001 - 5:22am
CherylB's picture
Joined: 12/06/2000 - 09:00

My son always gets an ear infection/cold/whatever after he has a shot. I never really put a connection with allergies though. He is due for his chicken pox shot tomorrow. Anyone had any bad effects with allergies due to this one?

Posted on: Mon, 03/19/2001 - 11:53am
Pnuts R Evil's picture
Joined: 01/17/2001 - 09:00

My daughter also had her first reaction and exposure to peanut butter on the same day as some immunizations. As Cindia said, I wish I had not introduced the peanut butter to her that day, although both my pediatrician and allergist say that the shots had nothing to do with the allergy. I have decided to believe this, but have always thought it was a strange coincidence.

Posted on: Mon, 03/19/2001 - 3:33pm
rilira's picture
Joined: 11/11/1999 - 09:00

My daughter has had the chicken pox vaccine with no problems at all. Also at the last FAN conference they said the MMR vaccines are no longer made with the egg in it. There should not be a problem for egg allergic with that vaccine.

Posted on: Tue, 03/20/2001 - 2:16am
Rae's picture
Joined: 03/28/2000 - 09:00

One of my daughters couldn't take the chicken pox vaccine because it also uses eggs. It was 2 years ago that she would have gotten it. Does anyone know if the chicken pox vaccine, like the MMR, has discontinued the use of eggs?

Posted on: Tue, 03/20/2001 - 5:27am
tkiaml's picture
Joined: 06/18/2000 - 09:00

My egg allergic son also had the MMR vaccination. We specifically asked about this when we went for his shot. The nurse said it was no longer a problem for egg allergic people to have the mmr vacc. He had no problems whatsoever. He has also had the chicken pox vacc. with no problems.
Hope this helps!

Posted on: Wed, 03/21/2001 - 12:56pm
rosebud83's picture
Joined: 02/13/2001 - 09:00

My PA daughter developed a measles like rash and fever exactly 14 days after the MMR vaccination. (She had a preexisting cough.) Little did we know that she also had pneumonia until she developed a high fever less than a week after the rash went away. She had successfully eaten a peanut butter cookie and a peanut butter and chocolate candy prior to the MMR vaccine. It was about 3 months after the vaccine that we noticed a problem after she ate a peanut butter and chocolate cookie - hives and vomiting.

Posted on: Thu, 04/12/2001 - 7:45am
sjmaw's picture
Joined: 10/31/2002 - 09:00

All of this sounds really familiar. My son had his 15 mth shots (including MMR) on a Friday. His Peanut allergy was discovered on the following Wednesday. The next Friday he was covered in a rash and had a fever of 103. All this sounds to coincidental to me.

Posted on: Thu, 04/12/2001 - 10:13am
ARI's picture
Joined: 12/14/2000 - 09:00

My son is a Class 6 to eggs among the PA and an assorted list of other foods. But he had the MMR and I was scared to death and I think the doc was a little nervous too she made me wait in the waiting room for 90 minutes after the shot checking him every 15 minutes. Thank God no reaction and he was already diagnosed before the shot with PA.


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