If you are allergic to eggs and cannot receive a flu shot or flu mist, you may have an other option. That option is to take Tamiflu or the generic “Oseltamivir” under the supervision of a physician through out the flu season. While taking Tamiflu may not always prevent the flu, it will drastically reduce the effects of the flu and the duration of the flu should you contract the flu virus.
Tamiflu (Oseltamivir) is an anti-viral medication. This medication has proven to be especially beneficial to those who cannot get vaccinated against the seasonal flu or H1N1 flu virus (also known as Swine Flu Virus).
Those who have been exposed to the flu or swine flu and have not been vaccinated should talk to their doctor about protecting themselves against the flu with Oseltamivir. Oseltamivir may not be right for everyone and some of the side effects may actually be worse than contracting the flu or swine flu.
Some of the side effects of Tamiflu (Oseltamivir) are mild and some may be life threatening. One of the most dangerous side effects of Tamiflu (Oseltamivir) is Stevens-Johnson Syndrome. This is life threatening condition of the skin where skin cells actually die. Remember, the skin is the largest organ of the body so this possible side effect of Tamiflu (Oseltamivir) should be considered carefully and discussed with your doctor.
Some studies have found that taking Oseltamivir may cause dangerous hallucinations and actions in the 10-24 age group.
The choice for preventing the flu for those allergic to eggs is still limited and possibly dangerous.
The amount of egg proteins found in flu vaccines are very small. According to the Mayo Clinic, Some allergists are administering both the seasonal flu vaccine and the H1N1 vaccine to patients with very mild egg allergies under careful observation and in mini doses. Talk to your allergist to see if this option is available for you or your child.