I had an allergy to raw eggs when I was a kid. I'd get really sick and throw up. I'm now 27. Can I still get the flu shot? I haven't had a reaction since I was young.
People who have ever had a severe allergic reaction to eggs may be advised not to get vaccinated. People who have had a mild reaction to egg, that is, one which only involved hives, may receive a flu shot with additional precautions. Make sure your health care provider knows about any allergic reactions. Most, but not all, types of flu vaccine contain small amount of egg. In addition, new this year, an egg-free flu shot is available for people 18 through 49 years of age. This can be used for people who had any severity of egg allergy in the past.