serious egg allergies may no longer have to worry about flu shots.
A federal advisory panel on
Thursday said a new vaccine that's made without eggs is an option for adults
with severe allergies. Current flu shots are made from viruses grown in eggs
and could trigger allergic reactions in some cases.
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 kids outgrow them. The new vaccine is not an option for
kids. So far it's licensed only for adults ages 18 to 49.
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