Update on Food Allergy and Flu Vaccine

My egg allergic son successfully received the flu vaccine for the first time. No reactions at all! The better news is that our allergist told us this would be the last time we needed to worry about egg protein in the flu shot. There was only a small amount of protein this year, and next year there will not be any, according to her conversations with various manufacturers of the vaccine.

This is great news for everyone with an egg allergy!

In other news, our allergist shared that the office will begin peanut desensitization sublingually this December. She said that milk and egg desensitization should be ready in the office in a year or so. The process involves placing a liquid or tablet under the tongue every day to get the body accustomed to the protein. The therapy can be administered at home, with occasional trips to the office when protein amount is increased.

I'm feeling so hopeful about all of this! There have been many successes with SLIT (Sublingual Immunotherapy) in research studies, and some offices around the country have begun successful programs as well.

Truly, it has been my dream for there to be no need for my food allergy blog and website. I'm getting closer to being put out of business and I couldn't be happier for my food allergic child and the millions of others with food allergy.

In the meantime, I'll keep writing and we should all stay vigilant to keep those with food allergies safe.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

My eldest son has an egg allergy as well as dairy,beef,sesame,fish,shellfish,peanut/tree nuts,raspberries and mustard. We were just at the allergist and I asked him about the flu shot. He felt that our son could have it. I must say I am a bit nervous...he reacted to the H1N1 vaccine...our allergist said that the H1N1 vaccine had more egg in it and he could have the flu shot at his pediatrician's office and then wait 1/2 hour. Still not sure. Susan H. @ the food allergy chronicles