Can people with an egg allergy receive the influenza vaccine?
People with egg allergies may be safely vaccinated with the influenza (flu) vaccine.
The current influenza vaccines distributed in Australia and New Zealand are derived from the influenza virus and grown in hen’s egg. Once purified, the amount of residual egg ovalbumin present in each vaccine dose is usually less than one microgram. This is substantially less than the amount of egg protein likely to trigger reactions in people with egg allergy, estimated at 130 micrograms taken orally.