Patients with Egg Allergy Can Safely Receive Any Flu Vaccine
Recent studies have shown that individuals who are allergic to eggs can safely receive any licensed flu vaccine. The Joint Task Force on Practice Parameters of the American Academy of Allergy Asthma and Immunology and the American College of Allergy Asthma and Immunology states that no special precautions are required for the administration of influenza vaccine to egg-allergic patients, no matter how severe the egg allergy.
The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advises that if a patient’s reaction to eating eggs is hives only, the vaccine can be administered in the primary care provider's office, with a 30-minute observation period afterward. If the reaction to eggs involves additional symptoms (e.g., difficulty breathing, lightheadedness), the vaccine should be administered in an allergist's office, with a 30-minute observation period afterward. Access the Immunization Action Coalition’s ACIP guideline