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Who should not have the flu vaccine?

Very few people are unable to have the flu vaccine, but you should avoid it if you have had a serious allergic reaction to the flu vaccine in the past.

Egg allergy and the flu vaccine

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

In recent years, flu vaccines that are egg-free have become available. If an egg-free flu vaccine isn't available, your GP may be able to find a suitable flu vaccine with a 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.

If your child has needed intensive care due to egg allergic anaphylaxis, you should seek the advice of their specialist. Your child may need to have the nasal spray vaccine 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.

Read facts about flu and the flu vaccine.

Antibiotics and the flu vaccine

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

Children and the flu vaccine

Children over the age of 2 who are eligible for an annual flu vaccination are usually given it as a nasal spray instead of an injected flu vaccine. Find out which children can and can't have nasal spray flu vaccine.

Page last reviewed: 12 July 2019
Next review due: 12 July 2022