New Flu Vaccine OK For People With Egg Allergies

ATLANTA (June 20, 2013)--A new vaccine that's made without eggs is an option for adults with severe allergies, a federal advisory panel said Thursday

Current flu shots are made from viruses grown in eggs and could trigger allergic reactions in some cases, but the new Flublok vaccine is made with cell technology, which is used for other kinds of vaccines.

It was licensed in January by Protein Sciences Corp.

Officials don't know how many Americans skip flu shots because they're allergic to eggs.

About 1 in 66 children have egg allergies, though most outgrow them.

The new vaccine is not an option for children, however.

So far it's licensed only for adults ages 18 to 49.

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