Reckless Endangerment

William C. Douglass II, M.D.

June 17, 2011

William C. Douglass Jr, MD

Can’t get a flu shot due to an egg allergy?

Researchers say you should get one anyway — even if you’re a kid who could suffer a life-ending reaction to the vaccine.

And to prove their point, they say some docs have already given the shots to allergic kids, and no one has died… not yet, anyway.

Since the vaccine is grown in chicken eggs, kids with egg allergies are usually given just a little bit of the shot first… and if they’re still breathing 30 minutes later, they get a little more.

They might get it all in two shots, or spread out over five — but the researchers behind a new study are tired of all this pussy-footing around, so they looked at records on 152 kids with egg allergies whose doctors (and parents) threw caution to the wind and gave them the shot all at once.

Sure, they used skin prick tests beforehand to see how the little patients would react — but those tests are so inconsistent and so inaccurate that you’d have to be nuts to stake a kid’s life on one.

But since the children all survived the ordeal, the researchers are ready to throw a vaccine party.

See? It works!

Hooray for them — but they’re playing a dangerous game here: A kid with a serious egg allergy literally stares death right in the face when he gets a flu shot, because he faces a very real risk of anaphylactic shock.

Give the shot to 152 kids, and sure… you can luck out and not kill any of them.

Give that shot to a few million kids, and your luck’s bound to run out sooner or later.

Not pushing my luck,

William Campbell Douglass II, M.D.

PS: I don’t care if you have an allergy or not — you and your kids don’t need flu shots anyway. Despite what you’ve heard, there’s no proof those vaccines save lives or even prevent serious illness. Learn more right here.