Flu Shot is Safe for Those with Egg Allergies

Doctors

ZANESVILLE, Ohio- Flu activity has officially been elevated to "widespread" in the state of Ohio according to health officials.

More than 400 flu related hospitalizations have been reported since the start of the season.

Last year, flu activity did not reach this level until mid-January.

Almost 100 people have been hospitalized for flu and the highest number of cases was in Hartford County.

That concerned flu experts who had watched the vaccine show only 10 percent effectiveness against the H3N2 strain that circulated in Australia, where the flu season has just ended.

Most flu vaccines administered today are manufactured using chicken eggs and contain trace amounts of a protein called ovalbumin.

Greenhawt, who is also an associate professor of pediatrics at Children's Hospital Colorado, estimates that egg allergy affects 2% of children in the United States.

People do not need to see an allergist before getting a flu shot, seek out egg-free formulas or submit to longer-than-normal observation periods after vaccination, the guidelines say. "It's very important that we encourage everyone, including children with egg allergy, to get a flu shot".

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To determine if the vaccine was risky for people with egg allergies, Kelso and his colleagues pored through the medical literature and found 28 studies with data from 4,315 egg allergic patients, including 656 who were severely allergic.

"We are now at the point where any remaining contraindication or special precaution is unnecessary, and there should be no barrier to the egg allergic patient receiving this vaccine in the primary care setting, like any patient may", Greenhawt noted.

18, 2017 As the flu barrels across the United States, the good news is that this year's vaccine may work better than many expected.

"You may be able to pass on the flu to someone else before you know you are sick, as well as while you are sick", the agency says.

"That doesn't rule out that somebody might react to the influenza vaccine", Greenhawt said.

The DPH said more than 250 people tested positive for the flu as of early December.

"My understanding is there's definitely some open beds at this time, we have the capacity to open extra beds if needed still", Khan said.

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