New Flu Vaccine Guidelines Issued for Patients With Egg Allergy

Kristen Gonzales
December 20, 2017

A new paper published Tuesday in the Annals of Allergy; however, challenges that thought and claims that the flu shot is safe for people who are allergic to eggs. Most flu vaccinations are made using chicken eggs and contain small amounts of the protein ovalbumin, which has been thought to be a no-go for egg allergy sufferers. "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".

Studies from the task force show that getting a flu shot is not riskier for people who have egg allergies than people who don't.

The flu is now considered to be widespread in CT, according to health officials.

Though the holiday season is already well underway and it may seem like it's too late to get the flu vaccine, experts say it's not.

All children aged two and three-years-old are eligible for a free nasal spray flu vaccine at their GP surgery each winter.

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"When someone gets a flu shot, health care providers often ask if they are allergic to eggs", said guideline lead author Dr. Matthew Greenhawt. "It's very important that we encourage everyone, including children with egg allergy, to get a flu shot".

From the start of October through December 9, 401 people have been hospitalized with symptoms associated with influenza, according to ODH.

Khan said they've seen some patients admitted into the hospital for the flu, but there aren't any definitive numbers at this point.

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

Even though it is the single most effective way to prevent infection, only 46.8% of people living in the United States got vaccinated for the 2016-17 flu season, according to CDC data.

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