/Should anyone not receive the flu vaccine?

Yes. Some people should not get vaccinated.

People who cannot get a flu shot:

  • Children younger than 6 months old. .
  • People with severe, life-threatening allergies to the vaccine or any of its ingredients.
  • People who had a severe reaction to an influenza vaccination in the past.

People who should speak to their doctor or health care provider before getting a flu shot:

  • People who have severe allergy to eggs should speak with their health care provider about getting vaccinated. The CDC updated its recommendations for people with egg allergies (chicken eggs are an ingredient used to grow the virus used in the flu vaccine). The CDC recommends that people who have a severe allergy to eggs should be vaccinated in a medical setting and supervised by a health care provider who is able to recognize and manage severe allergic conditions.
  • People who have ever had Guillain-Barré syndrome should speak with a health care provider about getting vaccinated. Visit our Guillain-Barré syndrome webpage to learn more.
  • People who are currently sick with a fever. (Once the fever goes down, it is okay to get vaccinated).
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