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Is the COVID-19 vaccine safe for kids with food allergies?

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Were children with asthma and/or food allergies included in the clinical trials for the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine? If so, have there been reports of anaphylaxis in this age group?
Answer

The clinical trials for the Pfizer vaccine included 2,260 participants in the 12-15-year-old age range. The side effects in this group were generally the same as trial participants 16 years of age and older.

The CDC recommends the COVID-19 vaccine for people with food allergies since there are no food proteins in any of the vaccines, including the Pfizer COVID vaccine.

You can read more about the vaccines here.

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COVID-19, Food Allergy, Medicines
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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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