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My doctor recently told me that I didnt need to worry about my egg-allergic son having a reaction to the flu vaccine. In the past, she said that my child had to be tested by an allergist beforehand and, if deemed safe, the vaccine would be given in split doses. Why is it safe now?
Last year, a study suggested a possible link between birth by cesarean and celiac disease (in the offspring). Now a team collaborating at several university hospitals in Sweden and at the Mayo Clinic has found electivebut not emergencycesarean delivery is associated with increased risk of celiac disease. The finding indicates that the newborns bacterial florathe normal bacteria present throughout the body, notably the gut, beginning at birthmay play a role in the development of celiac disease. In elective cesareans, babies avoid contact with the birth canal and, as a result, colonization with their mothers bacterial flora. (Note: Celiac disease can occur only in those with a genetic predisposition for it.)