A friend asked a question about vaccines and I realized that I never followed up on a post I wrote about my daughter's delayed vaccine reactions!
When my daughter had her 4-year set of vaccines, the pediatricians office actually did let me space out the vaccines by a week or so, plus they let me read the ingredient inserts and found an alternative formulation for me that consolidated a couple of vaccines into one shot that didn't have ingredients that I was wary of and that reduced the total number of shots.
My daughter was also given her MMR vaccine, which has an egg allergy warning on it, yet doesn't actually contain egg. She did not have a reaction to that vaccine, like she did with the flu shot, but the flu shot actually contained egg protein.
I asked the doctor if there was anything preventative that I could do to keep my daughter from having a reaction to the shots, but he said there really wasn't anything to give her and I've read in the past that you don't want to give them fever reducers, because it would mask a reaction and you actually want to know that they are reacting and not have it hidden from you, since fever is the body's signal that something's wrong. I watched her closely, that night, and for the days following, and thankfully, nothing happened. She went in for her second vaccine (the MMR, which was given separately) and that one also went without incident.
At this point, I no longer feel that vaccines caused my daughter's food allergies, as I've heard from many with un-vaccinated, food-allergic children. (Edited to add: Um, I think I need to re-word that...What I mean is, given that there are children who are un-vaccinated who have food allergies, I don't feel they can be the sole cause. When I re-read it, it seemed like I was stating that those with un-vaccinated children were telling me that vaccines caused food allergies, which is not what I meant! :O) However, I think great care should be taken when administering vaccines to allergic children and I think they should be allowed to space them out, if they contain food-related ingredients, so parents and physicians can spot reactions. If they are all given, at once, it would be hard to tell which one caused the reaction. Even with the reactions she experienced, I am still glad she was vaccinated, as the reaction is the "lesser of the evils" compared to the diseases which they prevent. I do take each vaccine under consideration, separately, and would advise parents to discuss their child's vaccines with their doctor, especially if your child has multiple food allergies.