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Childhood-diseases

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Posted by: googlie | 2005/11/30

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Measels vaccination and egg white

Dear Doc, please could you clarify - I have been advised that one is reqired to introduce egg to ones baby before the 9m measels vaccination; this contradics general advice related to the introduction of certain proteins and allergens to ones baby before 12m. Please advise if its okay to give egg for this reason as a once off and if so is it the whole egg? and if required what will constitute a sufficient amount and in what form (boiled, scrambled, cakes, biscuits?

Thanks in advance!

Expert's Reply

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Paediatrician

This is totally unnecessary.If there is a family history of egg allergy the vaccination can be done in your doctor's rooms. The vaccine is safe to be given to infants who are allergic to eggs but under careful supervision. If there is no history of egg allergies you really do not need to be concerned.

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Posted by: Purple | 2005/12/01

If you are really nervous, give a bit of merringue about a week before the vaccine.

However, this worry is a bit unfounded. The vaccine is cultured in egg - it doesn't contain egg.

If you are very worried, then stay in the clinic for an hour after the vaccine for the nurse to observe your baby.

My nurse told me that this sort of panic was unfounded.

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