Should those with egg allergies get the H1N1 vaccine?

According to health care experts people who have a severe, life-threatening allergy to chicken eggs or to any other substance in the vaccine should not be vaccinated. People who have hypersensitivity to eggs, including those who have had asthma related to egg exposure or other allergic responses to egg protein, also might be at an increased risk for allergic reactions to the vaccine. You should always consult your doctor before getting the vaccine.

Many of you have been asking us about the possibility of side effects to the H1N1 vaccine. Health care workers tell us if you experience any at all they should be mild and much like what you would experience after the seasonal shot. Side effects can happen right after the shot and last for up to one to two days.

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