Latex Allergy

Q: I have heard that some flu vaccines contain latex. Should I avoid getting my flu shot if I am latex sensitive?

A: There are vaccines available that do not contain latex, so risk of latex exposure is not a reason to avoid receiving the flu vaccine. The provider of the vaccine should tell you about latex contamination in the product. For more information, review SBA’s health information sheet on latex allergy as well as SB University.

Q: Is it true that poinsettias can cause an allergic reaction to people who have latex allergy?

A: Up to 40% of latex sensitive people may have a reaction to poinsettias, but the risk of a serious reaction is very low because the latex proteins are not airborne. This means the reaction will only affect the skin, not the airway and blood stream.  For more information, review SBA’s health information sheet on latex allergy.

Learn More About Poinsettia and Latex Allergies here.