Most versions of the flu vaccine can contain a tiny amount of egg protein. So can you still get the flu vaccine if you are allergic to eggs?
Yes. Studies show that an egg allergy is no longer a reason to avoid the flu vaccine. These studies looked at people with different types of reactions to egg and found a low chance of reaction to the flu shot.
During the past few years, the following organizations updated their recommendations on the flu vaccine and egg allergy:
The CDC updated its guidelines in December 2017. They recommend:
The AAAAI and ACAAI 2017 Practice Parameters state that the vaccine is safe to give in any setting. There is no special waiting time or other precautions. But the setting must have procedures in place to treat anaphylaxis.
The flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses. It can cause mild to severe illness. It can also cause death in severe cases.
Yet many don’t get the flu vaccine because they have an egg allergy. But the risks of complications from the flu are greater than the risk of reaction from the tiny amount of egg in the vaccine.
Talk to a board-certified allergist about the flu vaccine if you have ever had:
If you or your child has an egg allergy and you are still concerned about getting the flu shot, talk to an allergist.
If you would like to learn more about the history of flu vaccine guidelines for those with an egg allergy, see our 2014 Update of Egg Allergy and the Flu Vaccine.