It is safe for ALL people (6 months and older) with an egg allergy to get a flu vaccine every year. This is true no matter how severe your egg allergy was in the past. This includes people who have had anaphylaxis (a severe allergic reaction) to egg.
- Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA)
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
- American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP)
- American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology (AAAAI)
- American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology (ACAAI)
You do not need to be observed in a doctor’s office for 30 minutes after getting the vaccine if you have or had an egg allergy.
Some people with asthma can get the flu shot or nasal spray depending on age and if asthma is well-controlled. AAFA recommends the following:
- Ages 6 months to 4 years: Get the flu shot.
- Ages 4 and older: If your asthma is under control with no symptoms, you can get the flu shot or the nasal spray vaccine.
- Ages 4 and older: If you have recent asthma episodes or wheezing, get the flu shot.
The Risk of the Flu Is Greater Than the Chance of an Allergic Reaction to the Vaccine
The chance of getting a serious illness from the flu is much higher than the chance of an allergic reaction. And these serious illnesses, like pneumonia, can cause hospitalization or death. If your child also has a chronic disease like asthma, they are at an even higher risk for flu-caused illnesses.
While the 2020-2021 flu season was historically mild, the 2021-2022 flu season is expected to be more active.
If you’ve been holding out on getting the flu vaccine, it’s not too late. Flu season is just starting and will continue through the spring. There is still time to protect your family. The important thing to remember is an egg allergy is not a reason not to get the flu vaccine.
Medical Review October 2021 by David Stukus, MD