There are some people who should not be vaccinated without first consulting Clinical Support. These include:
- Children less than 6 months of age. (The flu 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. Those who have a history of severe allergic reaction to egg (i.e., any symptom other than hives) can be immunized at our clinics under the supervision of a health care provider who is able to recognize and manage severe allergic conditions. Based on CDC recommendations, people with egg allergies no longer need to be observed for an allergic reaction for 30 minutes after receiving a flu vaccine.