BUG SCARE: Marlize Duggan (left) says she is allergic to the flu jab.
BUG SCARE: Marlize Duggan (left) says she is allergic to the flu jab. Contributed

Egg allergy stops many from getting flu shot

NORTH Lakes resident Marlize Duggan would jump at the chance of a flu vaccination, but her allergy to egg makes this impossible.

She said it's a little-known fact that most flu vaccines contain egg.

"If I could get them I would definitely. It's more preventative, so I definitely want to," she said.

WHY AUSSIES ARE SHRUGGING OFF FLU FEARS

Getting the flu was the start of a long illness for Ms Duggan, who said it usually progressed into a chest infection.

"If I don't get the vaccine, I get the flu really bad. Because the flu infections are so strong I get chest infections very often.

"Most of my friends have kids so they get sick really fast, and when I see them I get sick. My husband works in the public sector and he gets vaccination, but he can also be a carrier."

She said she started suffering asthma five years ago after a severe chest infection from a bad case of the flu.

Ms Duggan said she was planning to avoid public spaces this winter.

"I'm even thinking this year of ordering all my groceries online so I don't have to go to the grocery store where all the bugs are," she said.

"I'm too scared to get it. I'm very careful," she said.

"I'm always wiping everything with antibacterial wipes.."

She said there was an urgent need for a vaccine that didn't contain egg to be developed.

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