How to avoid a reaction to Flu vaccine: contraindications and precautions

The US Center for Disease Control and Prevention recommends the flu vaccine for everyone 6 months of age and older.  The CDC pushes the flu vaccine for anyone at an increased risk for flu-related complications like diabetics and the elderly.

Lower Your Chance For A Reaction To Flu Vaccine

You can reduce the chance of a reaction to Flu vaccine if you listen to the contraindications or precautions on the label.  What is a contraindication or precaution? Read this article to learn more Flu vaccine contraindications and precautions.

There is an increase in the risk for a reaction to Flu vaccine if you ever had an anaphylactic reaction to a previous dose of the vaccine, a confirmed anaphylactic reaction to any component of the vaccine or a confirmed anaphylactic hypersensitivity to egg products as the vaccines are prepared in hens’ eggs.
Children younger than two years of age and adults over 49 years of age should not receive LAIV because safe use in these age groups has not been established.
The live virus Flu vaccine (LAIV) should not be given to children and adolescents (2-17 years of age) receiving aspirin or aspirin-containing medications because of reaction to Flu vaccine associated with aspirin and wild-type influenza virus infections in this age group.

Here are some other contraindications of the Flu vaccine:
  • People with a history of asthma or other reactive airway diseases should not be given live.
  • People with chronic underlying medical conditions that may predispose them to severe influenza infections should also not be given LAIV. For these people, TIV is indicated.
  • LAIV should not be given to people with a history of Flu vaccine Guillain Barre syndrome.


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