Egg Allergies and Measles

There has been a lot of talk lately about vaccinating children and the current Measles outbreak in the United States. The MMR or Measles, Mumps, and Rubella viruses are made in a chicken embryo, which is why many are concerned that children with egg allergies may not be able to take the vaccine.

Children who have an egg allergy may suffer from something as small as a skin reaction but up to anaphylaxis. Egg allergies extend to much more than just eating the eggs, it can be any product that has a trace of eggs but also anything that is made in a plant that processes egg products.

There is a huge uproar on social media right now about whether to vaccinate your children and if it is truly your choice. The media fire storm that is also surrounding the current measles outbreak is only added fuel to the fire.

It does sound alarming for parents of children with egg allergies, however all children will egg allergies can have the MMR shot. There has not been evidence of egg allergy children having any problem with the vaccine. There is also no need to do a test spot because it is believed to be that safe. However, if you have concerns you should still consult your allergist.


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