Yes. There are some people who shouldn’t get vaccinated without first consulting their healthcare provider. These include:
- Children less than 6 months of age. (The shot is not approved for this age.)
- People who have had a severe reaction to a previous influenza vaccination.
- People who developed Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS) (a serious neurological disease) within 6 weeks of getting an influenza vaccine.
- People who have a fever over 100 degrees in the last 24 hours. They should wait until they recover to get vaccinated.
- People with a severe allergy to any component of the influenza vaccine.
Regarding egg allergy: The CDC recommends that individuals who develop hives or have another non-life-threatening reaction to eggs still receive an influenza vaccination, as it is unlikely they will have a reaction from the vaccine. For those individuals who develop anaphylaxis, angioedema, respiratory distress, or any other life-threatening reaction, the CDC recommends they receive an influenza vaccination from an inpatient or outpatient medical facility, where they can be monitored and treated, should a serious reaction occur.