Flu shots may be given to egg allergic patients!

Dr. Patricia Gomez-Dinger

‎20% of the US population comes down with the flu every year. That is why it is important to get your flu vaccine yearly. In the past, patients were told that if they had egg allergy then they could not receive a flu vaccine or they needed to be seen by an Allergist. Allergists have routinely done allergy testing for flu vaccine and followed a protocol for administering the flu shot to those patients with egg allergy. Recent studies reported that egg allergic patients can now get the flu vaccine without concern for a serious reaction due to their egg allergy. However, it is not recommended for egg allergic patients to receive Flu Mist. Egg allergic patients should remain in the physician's office for 30 minutes after the vaccine for observation.