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Should someone with food allergies get the COVID-19 vaccine?

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I would like information about the COVID-19 vaccines. My 21-year-old daughter is allergic to sesame, mustard, tree nuts, peanuts, and fish. She always carries injectable epinephrine with her for emergencies (which has happened half a dozen times since she was 3 years old). What are the recommendations for getting a vaccine?
Answer

The COVID-19 vaccines are recommended for people with food allergies. The vaccines (shots) do not contain any food proteins, allergens, or derivatives. People with allergies to pets, insects, venom, pollen, dust, latex, and oral medicines can also get the shot. Here is a link to learn more about the vaccines.

Some people have a history of allergic reactions to a vaccine or biologic medicine. If this is the case, the CDC recommends talking to your doctor before getting the shot. You can find more information here.

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COVID-19, Food Allergy
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Douglas T. Johnston D.O. FAAAAI, FACAAI

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