NHS Choices

Who shouldn't have the flu vaccine?

Who shouldn't have a flu vaccine?

Very few people are unable to have a flu vaccine, but you should avoid it if you have had a serious allergic reaction to a flu vaccine in the past, or speak to your GP surgery or community pharmacist to discuss if there is an alternative vaccine available that might be more suited to you.

Egg allergy and the flu vaccine

People who have egg allergy may be at increased risk of reaction to the injectable flu vaccine because some flu vaccines are made using eggs.

Your GP surgery or community pharmacist should be able to offer you a suitable flu vaccine with a very low egg content.

Depending on the severity of your egg allergy, your GP may decide to refer you to a specialist to have the vaccination in hospital.

Fever and the flu vaccine

If you are ill with a fever, it's best to delay your flu vaccination until you have recovered. There is no need to delay your flu vaccine if you have a minor illness with no fever such as a cold.

Antibiotics and the flu vaccine

It is fine to have the flu vaccine while you are taking antibiotics.

Children and the flu vaccine

Children aged two to 17 years who are eligible for annual flu vaccination are usually given a nasal spray flu vaccine instead of an injected flu vaccine.


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Last Updated: 01/04/2017 09:00:00