Children allergic to eggs can safely receive a single dose of measles-mumpsrubella (MMR) vaccine, a study in the May 11 New England Journal of Medicine concluded.

Fifty-four previously unvaccinated children, with an average age of 18.5 months and a history of egg allergy were studied. Twenty-eight children were confirmed egg-allergic based on skin or food-challenge testing. Twenty-six children had a history of anaphylaxis after eating eggs. All were injected with a single subcutaneous MMR vaccine dose. Although three children of 17 given MMR vaccine skin tests had a positive reaction, not a single child of the 54 studied had an immediate or delayed adverse reaction to vaccine injection.

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