FDA approves new egg-free flu vaccine

People with serious egg allergies may no longer have to worry about flu shots.

Flu shots traditionally have not been given to people with an allergy to eggs because it is made in chicken eggs, and therefore contains a small amount of egg protein.

The Food and Drug Administration has approved a new flu vaccine that uses a manufacturing process for the vaccine, called Flucelvax, which is similar to the egg-based production method but are “grown in animal cells of mammalian origin instead of in eggs.

The Food and Drug Administration has approved the vaccine only for adults ages 18 to 49 and is not an option for children or seniors who are often most at risk.

The manufacturer says although Flucelvax is not produced in eggs, it doesn’t automatically guarantee it is safe for people with egg allergies as no studies have been conducted on egg allergy sufferers .

 

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