Bellevue Group Practice
Bellevue Terrace, Newport, NP20 2WQ
Bettws Health Centre, Newport, NP20 7TD

Who shouldn't 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 jab in the past.

Egg allergy and the flu vaccine

People who have 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.

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.

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 two who are eligible for annual flu vaccination are usually given it as a nasal spray instead of an injected flu vaccine.