• Contraindications & Precautions

What should we ask a patient when screening to determine a gelatin allergy?

Begin by asking a general question about whether the person has an allergy to any food, medication, or vaccine. If they report an allergy to gelatin or foods that contain gelatin, you could follow up by asking if they can eat Jell-O™ and gelatin-type products. Gelatin allergies are extremely rare. Only severe, life-threatening (anaphylactic) allergy is a contraindication to vaccination.

Last reviewed: August 29, 2022

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