People with Egg Allergies Shouldn't Worry About the Flu Shot, Guidelines Say

Australia's rough flu season hints at a similar one in the US

"The overwhelming evidence since 2011 has shown that a flu shot poses no greater risk to those with egg allergy than those without". An updated practice parameter from the Joint Task Force on Practice Parameters stresses that people with egg allergy should receive their yearly flu shot, and that no special precautions are required. Ferguson says besides getting a flu shot, people should wash their hands frequently and cover their mouths when they cough or sneeze.

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.

In the most recent week numbers are available, 144 people went to the hospital with the flu.

There were seven flu-related pediatric deaths during the previous two flu seasons combined, ODH reported.

Most live influenza vaccines contain trace amounts of egg protein, because of the way they're manufactured.

Unfortunately, there are no easy, Egg Beaters-esque substitutes for biomedical uses. Dr. Wu said they typically start to see flu cases diminish toward the end of April.




That means patients don't need to see an allergist to get the flu shot, or require a longer-than-usual observation period after receiving the injection. "Any provider who's giving vaccines needs to be prepared to recognize and manage an adverse reaction to a vaccine, including a severe reaction like anaphylaxis".

Unfortunately a wave of flu illnesses has hit right before the holidays, Patterson said, meaning it will likely spread as people attempt to celebrate, not just in OH but other states.

The health district likely won't hear about someone missing work or school for a week because of the flu virus, Patterson said.

"This is the best preventative measure we have against contracting influenza", Greenhawt said.

"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.

As for how effective this year's vaccine will be?

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