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Influenza Vaccine: Egg Allergy (Nursing)

by Rhonda Lawes

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    00:00 What's the big deal about eggs and flu vaccine? Well historically which I love that picture of the tiny chicken standing on top of the giant egg, but historically flu vaccines were required by the FDA to be grown in chicken eggs.

    00:17 So there was a very strong connection between chicken eggs and the flu vaccines.

    00:22 Now the FDA allows viruses to be grown in cells too, so not all viruses have to be grown and chicken eggs.

    00:30 So the viruses are then killed.

    00:32 That means they'll see it references deactivated and their purified before the become part of the vaccine.

    00:39 So the injectable flu vaccines cannot cause the flu.

    00:44 So now you have the answer when your friends try to tell you, I swear I got the flu from the flu vaccine.

    00:50 There's no way because the viruses are dead their deactivated and purified.

    00:57 So when you're getting a vaccine shot, no, they cannot cause the flu something else was going on with that patient.

    01:05 If you did or they were tested during that time something else gave them the flu if they in fact truly had influenza.

    01:14 So previously if a patient had a severe egg allergy it was thought they could trigger a reaction.

    01:19 So we did not give patients who had an egg allergy the flu vaccine because they were always grown in the vaccine.

    01:27 Now research did not support this, only 10 out of 7.4 million vaccine cases of anaphylaxis and most of those did not have an egg allergy.

    01:40 Okay, usually not really hard on the statistics and I'm not want you to memorize those but I want you to step back and look at this stat because when you are the one who educates your friends, family and circle of influence not to mention your patients.

    01:57 Look at that number, 10 out of the 7.4 million vaccine cases of anaphylaxis and most of those did not have an egg allergy.

    02:11 All right, so in 2016, the CDC eliminated the special requirements for patients with egg allergies, including those with a history of anaphylactic reactions to eggs.

    02:20 So that's old school since 2016.

    02:24 People are still thinking that that was done away with in 2016 by our own CDC.


    About the Lecture

    The lecture Influenza Vaccine: Egg Allergy (Nursing) by Rhonda Lawes is from the course Antiviral Medications (Nursing).


    Included Quiz Questions

    1. The FDA allows flu viruses to be grown in chicken eggs.
    2. The FDA allows flu viruses to be grown in cells.
    3. Viruses are deactivated before becoming part of the vaccine.
    4. Viruses are purified before becoming part of the vaccine.
    5. The injectable flu vaccine can cause the flue.

    Author of lecture Influenza Vaccine: Egg Allergy (Nursing)

     Rhonda Lawes

    Rhonda Lawes


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