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I am allergic to eggs - can I still have the flu jab?

Well-documented, severe allergy means that you should not be vaccinated using vaccine produced in eggs. True egg allergy is very rare: we will usually vaccinate people who report no problem eating egg products such as cakes or egg pasta. If you are uncertain, talk things over with your doctor, or with the doctor or nurse giving the vaccine. Alternatively, a vaccine called Optaflu may be available during 2013/14 - this vaccine is produced in cell culture and is free of egg proteins, so is ideal for people concerned about egg allergy.