Childhood Diseases

Posted by: callie | 2009-01-06


Measles vaccine contains egg?

Hi Doc

I vaguely remember from my first child that there was a vaccine that contained egg and I had to give them egg before they could have the vaccine. I think it was the 9 months measles vaccine. My second child has eczema and hayfever so we are not introducing any possible allergenic food until he is 1 to avoid possible food allergies, this includes egg. Does the vaccine still contain egg and is it safe to delay vaccination until a year?

Expert's Reply



The measles vaccine is grown on chick embryo and does not contain egg as such.Your baby can have her measles vaccination. If you are at all concerned about this vacconation it can be done in your paediatrician's rooms and you should stay in the rooms for at least 30 minutes after the injection is given.

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