Flu Vaccine Safe For People With Egg Allergies

20 December, 2017, 01:20 | Author: Keith Rowe
  • Flu Vaccine Safe For People With Egg Allergies

"It's very important that we encourage everyone, including children with egg allergy, to get a flu shot".

Because the vaccine contains egg protein, doctors used to advise against the shot entirely or to get it only in the presence of an allergist if someone had a known allergy. He says it's still too early to tell, but he says those thinking of getting the vaccine, shouldn't be anxious about that myth that you'll get the flu from the flu shot. "We want health care providers and people with egg allergy to know there is no need to ask this question anymore, and no need to take any special precautions".

There have been dozens of studies involving thousands of patients with egg allergy who have received a flu shot without allergic reactions - including hundreds with life-threatening egg allergy.

Clark County saw more than 40 flu-related hospitalizations during the last flu season, a majority of which involved people ages 60 and older, according to the Clark County Combined Health District.

The new findings mean that even more people will be able to get their recommended flu shot without sacrificing peace of mind.


The health district likely won't hear about someone missing work or school for a week because of the flu virus, Patterson said. Last year, flu activity wasn't elevated until mid-January.

"Not vaccinating carries a risk and that's clearly greater than any risk from the vaccine", Kelso said. "Although people with the flu are most contagious in the first 3-4 days after their illness begins, some otherwise healthy adults may be able to infect others beginning 1 day before symptoms develop and up to 5 to 7 days after becoming sick".

The guidelines come as flu season is starting to rev up.

Dayton Children's admitted its first child with flu symptoms this season during the week of December 4 but OH hasn't seen any pediatric deaths so far. "But 10 percent is better than nothing, and it's not too late to get the flu shot".

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

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