Allergies & Vaccinations - McGovern Allergy And Asthma Clinic

Are allergies a risk factor when getting vaccinations? As we navigate the coronavirus outbreak and the rapidly approaching flu season, it’s important to understand how allergies relate to vaccinations. Read more about allergies and vaccinations.

Vaccine Allergies

An allergic reaction can on rare occasions be caused by ingredients within a vaccine. The proteins most often implicated in vaccine allergies are egg and gelatin, with perhaps rare reactions to yeast or latex. However, allergic reactions to vaccines are extremely uncommon.

The odds you’ll have a severe allergic reaction or anaphylaxis to a vaccine is about 1 in 760,000.

Fever, pain, and mild swelling can occur after getting vaccinated but are not typically a sign of an allergic reaction. These symptoms mean your body’s immune system is working against the disease and is doing its job.


Allergies & Flu Vaccinations

Flu vaccinations may cause some concern with those living with food allergies, as some flu vaccinations are made using egg products. As a result, the vaccines have tiny amounts of egg proteins in them. Those with an egg allergy can still safely get vaccinated, as allergic reactions from a flu vaccine are rare.

If you are experiencing an actual allergic reaction to a vaccination, a reaction (anaphylaxis) would occur within minutes of receiving the vaccine. If this happens, go to your nearest emergency room as quickly as possible.



If you still have concerns about allergies and getting vaccinated, talk with the board-certified allergists at McGovern Allergy & Asthma Clinic.


Allergy Testing

Allergy testing is a great way to help pinpoint any potential allergy triggers. At McGovern Allergy & Asthma Clinic in Houston, Texas, their team of allergists can provide comprehensive testing and provide allergy & asthma education.

Call 713-661-1444 to schedule an appointment or click the link to request one online.