Please note: the information below has been updated according to the latest recommendation on the flu shot for those with an egg allergy. It is safe for ALL people with an egg allergy to receive an annual flu shot. This is true no matter how severe your egg allergy was in the past. This includes anaphylaxis (a severe allergic reaction) to egg.
"The new study, published in the Annals of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, is good news for children who’ve had severe egg allergies, given the prevalence of the flu this season. In the study, none of the children with severe egg allergies developed an allergic reaction after receiving the vaccine, says Matthew Greenhawt, M.D., M.B.A., MSc, lead author of the study.
Influenza A is responsible for 21,156 annual hospitalizations of children younger than five years. The CDC reports that influenza activity right now is high and widespread across the nation.
Read more information about the recommendations regarding egg allergy and the influenza vaccine.