Flu Vaccine and Egg Allergy

The flu vaccine is usually made of eggs. Studies have shown that it is safe to give flu vaccines to children who have an egg allergy, despite previous recommendations by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In these studies, most children did not have any adverse reactions to the vaccine, while others only had mild reactions.

Fast Facts:

  • Egg allergies affect two in every 100 children.
  • Studies have found the flu shot safe for people with even severe egg allergies.
  • The possibility of adverse reactions should be discussed with a health care professional.