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Influenza vaccination and allergy

People with egg allergy may be safely vaccinated with the influenza (flu) vaccine

Information about Influenza vaccination and egg allergy is available on the ASCIA website https://www.allergy.org.au/patients/food-allergy/egg-allergy-flu-vaccine 

People with mammalian meat allergy may also be safely vaccinated with the influenza (flu) vaccine.

For people with alpha gal sensitisation or mammalian meat allergy or a history of tick anaphylaxis, VAXIGRIP TETRA and AFLURIA QUAD appear to be the safest options, or FLUAD QUAD for people over 65 years, as they do not appear to contain any mammalian products.. 

FLUCELVAX is made in canine kidney and therefore is likely contra-indicated in people with alpha gal sensitisation or mammalian meat allergy.

This news item was issued on 25 May 2022 by Jill Smith, CEO of the Australasian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy (ASCIA). ASCIA is the peak professional body for clinical immunology and allergy in Australia and New Zealand.