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Should kids with food allergies get the flu vaccine?
Q: My baby daughter is developing eczema. Her pediatrician is suggesting that it is from food allergies. I want to know if she should get a flu vaccine. Isn't there something about not getting a flu shot if you're allergic to eggs?
A: Yes, Ann, you are correct about avoiding the vaccine if there is an allergy to eggs. Since it hasn't been determined exactly what your daughter is allergic to, it might be wise to proceed carefully. We often recommend vaccinating everyone else in the house except the child with the allergy. This at least provides some protection by keeping an infection out of your home. Please talk this over carefully with your pediatrician before you make a final decision.

Susan M. Leisner RD, IBCLC, RLC Nutritionist & Lactation Consultant