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News From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
August 14, 2013

New Flu Vaccine Recommended for Adults Who Are Allergic to Eggs

JAMA. 2013;310(6):574. doi:10.1001/jama.2013.76531

The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices has recommended that young and middle-aged adults with egg allergies of any severity can safely be immunized with a new type of influenza vaccine during the upcoming 2013-2014 flu season.

The manufacturing process for the new vaccine, Flublok, doesn’t use chicken eggs or influenza virus. The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) granted approval in January for its use in adults aged 18 to 49 years. When Flublok was approved, Karen Midthun, MD, director of the FDA’s Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research, said that it “represents a technological advance in the manufacturing of an influenza vaccine.”