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Can people with peanut or dairy allergies get the flu vaccine?

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Question
Is it safe for my child to get the flu vaccine if she has peanut and dairy allergies?
Answer

Yes. The Influenza (flu) vaccine does not contain peanut or milk proteins. Learn more about who should get the flu vaccine here.

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Flu (Influenza), Milk Allergy, Peanut Allergy
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Douglas T. Johnston, DO, FAAAAI, FACAAI, is an allergist/clinical immunologist at Carolina Asthma & Allergy Center in Charlotte, North Carolina, and Assistant Professor at Edward Via School of Osteopathic Medicine in Spartanburg, South Carolina. He is a fellow of the American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology (ACAAI) and the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology (AAAAI). He has lectured at national and international medical conferences and has publications in several medical journals, including “Clinical Immunology,” “World Allergy Organization Journal,” “Journal of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology,” “The Journal of the American Medical Association,” and the “New England Journal of Medicine.”

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