The British Society of Allergy and Clinical Immunology (BSACI) have issued new guidance on the safety of the flu nasal spray (LAIV). for children with egg allergy.
This issue garners a lot of questions and concerns from parents and we have previously written about how the nasal spray is safe. However, there continued to be confusion over the advice that children with ‘severe egg allergy’ could be at risk.
In October 2020, the BSACI clarified this to mean children who have had “anaphylaxis to egg so severe that they required ventilation on an intensive care unit as a result.”
These children are likely to tolerate the vaccine but should talk to their consultant about accessing it in a hosital setting.
The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) have confirmed that all other children who have an egg allergy can safely have the flu nasal spray in any setting, including schools.