Egg Allergy and Swine Flu Vaccinations


Recently, there have been concerns relating to those that suffer from an egg allergy receiving the swine flu vaccination. If you are interested in receiving this particular vaccination, it is important to discuss the risks involved with a health care provider, if you are allergic to eggs.

It is quite likely that the doctor that you discussed this issue with, will present the advantages associated with the vaccine, and then outline the potential risks that could have related to the shot. At this point in time, it does not seem likely that doctors will be able to request batches of the vaccine that do not contain egg products, but this could occur in the future.

Individuals that have an egg allergy are likely to experience many uncomfortable symptoms if they ingest eggs or products that contain traces of eggs. The following outlines these symptoms:

Many individuals may notice that their skin becomes itchy. This may or may not be associated with a rash that develops on the skin.

Many individuals will develop a skin rash that is called "Hives". This typically becomes irrelevant on the chest, the arms, the cheeks, and other locations on the body.

Swelling is likely to occur when it comes to an egg allergy. The areas of the body that are typically affected include the hands and the facial area.

It is common to experience gastrointestinal problems such as cramping in the abdomen, vomiting, and even diarrhea.

Breathing complications and obstructions may be experienced. For example, the throat area may feel as if it is closing up and the individual may start to wheeze and feel as if they are unable to breathe normally.

There are many uncomfortable symptoms associated with the swine flu as well. When a doctor asserts in making a determination, in either or not a person that suffers from an egg allergy will actually benefit from taking the swine flu vaccine, they will weigh the possible symptoms of a reaction, to the symptoms associated with the flu itself, in order to determine if it is an appropriate option.

The following outlines some of the most common symptoms associated with the swine flu:

Many suffer from a reliably high fever which may result in body aches and pain.

There are many that develop a cough.

Fluid drainage from the nose is common.

A sore throat is likely – this could be mild to severe.

It is not uncommon for a sufferer of the swine flu to develop a headache.

Chills are also quite common.

Many will experience gastrointestinal issues such as vomiting and even diarrhea.

Many suffer from respiratory complications which could result in the onset of pneumonia, failure of the respiratory system, and even death.

If you are unable to take the swine flu vaccine due to an egg allergy, it is important to understand that there are other treatment options available. Your doctor may elect to place you on antiviral medication. If you develop the swine flu, the prescriptions that may be acquired include "Tamiflu" and another that is called "Relenza". These medications will assist in combating the symptoms that are typically experienced with the swine flu.

As you can see, even if you suffer from an egg allergy, you may still be able to receive the swine flu vaccine, but a medical opinion on the matter is essential.