There are few risks to worry about with a flu vaccination. It can cause a slight fever which will soon subside. There is the minute chance there could be an allergic reaction. If it occurs, it’s recommended you don’t have the shot again. If you have a fever, postpone having your flu shot until after it’s cleared up.
In the past, people with an egg allergy didn’t have the shot as it contains an egg protein called ovalbumin. However, they can have the shot provided their doctor monitors them for 30 minutes after administration.
Studies suggest that only two-thirds of seniors have a flu shot each year. This is one of the reasons that influenza in seniors remains a potential killer. Seniors who haven’t had a flu vaccination are advised to do so as a priority.