Flu Shot and Egg Allergies
People with egg allergy are not at any additional risk of having a reaction when given the flu vaccine even though the vaccine may contain some amount of egg protein. Fortunately, the latest research shows that even in individuals with confirmed egg allergy, flu vaccines may be administered without any special precautions. Most reactions to flu vaccines are not due to egg-allergy.
The benefits of the flu vaccination far outweigh any risk. As with any vaccine, all personnel and facilities administering flu shots should have procedures in place for the rare instance of anaphylaxis, a severe life-threatening allergic reaction. If you have questions or concerns, contact your allergist.
How common is egg allergy?
Food allergies are more common in children than in adults. The prevalence of egg allergy depends on age and history of allergic disease. It is estimated that egg allergy exists in 1.6 percent of children in the general population, but it is more common in children with other allergies.
Is there a test to determine egg allergy?
The diagnosis of egg allergy is made based upon both clinical history and either the skin prick test or a blood test. As with any suspected food allergy, it is recommended that an allergist help confirm the test results.