Flu shot is safe for people with egg allergies, government panel says


The Ohio Department of Health has upgraded state flu activity to widespread, its highest level.

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.

PARENTS and guardians of two and three-year-olds in Wales are being urged to get their children vaccinated against flu this winter by Wales' Chief Medical Officer Dr Frank Atherton.

"Well the flu can be deadly, a year ago OH had 7 children die from the flu, the elderly are more susceptible to die".

Give special flu shots that don't contain traces of egg.

"We are still wanting people to get the vaccine, simply because there are still some strains that can be prevented".

This season's flu shot is less effective than year's past. In the past, most of the relatively few people who suffer from egg allergies-roughly 1% of children and 0.2% of adults, according to the CDC-could get a shot, but were encouraged to take a few extra precautions. Those studies showed that people with egg allergies were no more likely than others to react to a flu shot. "Egg allergy primarily affects young children, who are also particularly vulnerable to the flu".

The authors note that previous studies have shown that patients with egg allergy (including life-threatening allergies) have received a flu shot without experiencing allergic reactions.

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It's safe for people with an egg allergy to get a flu shot, says a leading USA allergists' group.

One of the main concerns with any vaccine is a severe allergic reaction - known as anaphylaxis.

"Widespread just means that we are seeing it in all pockets of the state", Ohio Department of Health spokeswoman Melanie Amato said, "from northeast to southwest".

"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.

Khan said there is also an intranasal spray version of the vaccine for those who don't want the needle.

"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?