Mayo Clinic offers flu vaccine allergy screenings

ROCHESTER, Minn. — If you are concerned about allergic reaction to the influenza vaccine, Mayo Clinic offers an influenza vaccine allergy clinic.

Children and adults who have a history of or concern about an allergic reaction are eligible to receive the influenza vaccine based on Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommendations.

"We understand there is a great deal of concern about both the seasonal and H1N1 influenza vaccines, especially for those with allergies," said Matthew Rank, M.D., of the Mayo Clinic Division of Allergic Diseases. "Mayo Clinic will offer an influenza vaccine allergy clinic to screen those with a history of vaccine allergies or other complicating factors."

Patients who have a concern about influenza vaccine allergies and would like to be evaluated should call 507-284-9989 to schedule an appointment.