What are the contraindications and precautions to administering 2009 H1N1 vaccines?
See vaccine inserts for specific information pertaining to each vaccine. In addition to the contraindications and precautions noted above specific to the live virus vaccine, if the patient had Guillain-Barré syndrome within 6 weeks of a previous flu vaccination, the decision to give vaccine should be based on careful consideration of the potential benefits and risks. Immunocompromised persons who receive inactivated vaccine (live vaccine should be avoided), may have a reduced immune response. Contraindications include severe hypersensitivity to egg proteins or any component of the vaccine, and/or life-threatening reactions after previous administration of any flu vaccine. Asking persons if they can eat eggs without adverse effects is a reasonable way to determine who might be at risk for allergic reactions from receiving flu vaccines. Persons who have had symptoms such as hives or swelling of the lips or tongue, or who have experienced acute respiratory distress after eating eggs, shou