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Beware Getting a Vaccine Shot If You Are Allergic To Gummy Bears

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Did you know that some people are allergic to gummy bears? And did you know that if you are allergic to gummy bears that you should be very cautious about getting a vaccine?

Gummy bears are made with gelatin, corn syrup, dextrose, corn starch, artificial and natural flavors, fractionated coconut oil, carnauba wax, beeswax coating, and artificial colors.  Obviously not the most healthy snack for anyone.  However, some people have an allergic reaction when they eat anything with gelatin in it.  Symptoms include hives, swelling, itchiness, shortness of breath, and possibly even life threatening anaphylaxis.  This is because of a protein in gelatin that comes from animal sources.  Gelatin is found in many items that we eat and in pharmaceuticals, such as gummy vitamins, marshmallows, candy, and of course gummy bears.   Although rare, it is the protein in the gelatin that can cause a life threatening reaction for some people.

So why be careful with vaccines? Vaccines contain gelatin, among other additives, that act as a stabilizer.  The American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI) recently issued a warning that anyone allergic to gelatin should consult with an allergist before receiving a vaccine due to the possibility of a severe and life threatening allergic reaction.