Influenza vaccination and egg allergy

November 15th, 2012

Second blog post on this topic…
It seems that confusion still surrounds the topic of egg allergy and flu shots. New information sometimes needs time to diffuse across the medical landscape!
Data regarding administration of influenza vaccine to egg allergic individuals now consistently signal that testing or graded influenza vaccine challenge is not necessary. With rare exceptions, even patients with persistently positive skin and/or blood tests to egg CAN safely receive the flu shot. We recommend that you discuss this with your pediatrician or family doctor; as always, we are happy to help if needed. Most primary care physicians are now willing to vaccinate egg allergic individuals in their offices in light of the new data.
Kevin Parks MD