Food Allergies and the Pharmacy

Dealing with food allergies and how your pharmacy can help.

Category: Flu Shots

Why Egg Allergies, Flu Shots, ACIP, and Retail Pharmacies Don’t Mix.

You may have seen that the CDC and its Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) has updated/changed their guidelines on patient’s with egg allergy.  Here is a brief overview of the new recommendations or click the link to read them on the CDC’s website:

1. They no longer recommend a 30 min observation period after receiving the vaccine for egg allergic patients.
2. The vaccine can be administered in an inpatient or outpatient medical setting (which does not exclude retail pharmacy locations).

3. Any vaccine may be used so long as it is appropriate for age and health status.

4.  Patients who have a reaction more severe than hives such as respiratory distress, recurrent vomiting, etc. OR  who required epinephrine or “other emergency medicine intervention” may be given the vaccine in an outpatient setting by a medical professional trained to recognize and manage severe allergic reaction.

5.  Severe reaction to a previous vaccine is a contraindication for receiving future vaccines.

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Influenza Vaccine Chart 2014-2015

Much thanks to Andrea Brookhart, PharmD and her colleagues, pharmacy residents MacKenzie VonCanon, PharmD and Hannah Kuhn, PharmD for allowing me to use their awesome chart! There is also a link to a printable version at the bottom of the page.  These are the vaccines that will be found at most local retail pharmacy locations. Continue reading