Who should receive an annual influenza vaccination?

Updated: Oct 31, 2019
  • Author: Stephanie L Baer, MD; Chief Editor: Michael Stuart Bronze, MD  more...
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Annual influenza vaccination is recommended in all persons older than 6 months. There are several options for vaccination, including standard-dose trivalent inactivated vaccine, high-dose inactivated trivalent vaccine, three different formulations of quadrivalent inactivated vaccine (egg-based, cell culture–based, and recombinant-derived), and a live attenuated influenza vaccine. Per current CDC recommendations, people with a history of egg allergy of any severity may receive any licensed, recommended, and age-appropriate influenza vaccine. [102] Individuals with a history of severe egg allergy should receive the vaccine under the supervision of a physician experienced in the management of allergic conditions. People with a personal history of severe allergy to the flu vaccine should not receive it, and persons with history of Guillain-Barré syndrome should consult with their physician prior to being vaccinated. [103]

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