In a FoxNews segment entitled Myth or Fact: Flu Shot Allergies, Dr. Isadore Rosenfeld answers the question Is it true that you should not get the flu shot if you are allergic to eggs? demonstrating that the answer is not as straight-forward as it may seem. Here's what he has to say:
Over the years and even on this show, I have warned people who are allergic to eggs not to get a flu shot because the flu vaccine is made with egg product. And I think that may be a little too strong. If you can eat products that are made with eggs and don't get a reaction, you're probably okay.
But the news is that there are a couple of vaccines that have come out specifically for people who are allergic to eggs. If you're allergic to eggs, ask your doctor to get you those particular brands. Get a tenth of the dose. Wait 30 minutes, and if you don't have a reaction, get the rest of the shot. It's extremely important to get a flu shot if you possibly can.
My prediction is that in the near future, they will change the way they make the flu vaccine and they will be made from viral cultures and no eggs will be used.
If you are allergic to eggs, rather than simply not getting a flu shot, discuss your options with your doctor. Flu vaccinations are an important component of safeguarding your health.