Flu Vaccine Could Work as Well as Last Year's Shot
20 December, 2017, 01:33 | Author: Otis Hoffman
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. "When someone gets a flu shot, health care providers often ask if they are allergic to eggs", said allergist Matthew Greenhawt, MD, chair of the ACAAI Food Allergy Committee and lead author of the practice parameter.
More than 400 flu related hospitalizations have been reported since the start of the season.
"Egg allergy primarily affects young children, who are also particularly vulnerable to the flu", Kelso added.
"Even healthy people can get very sick from the flu and spread it to others", Landers said.
Require longer-than-normal observation periods after the shot.
The guidelines come as flu season is starting to rev up.
"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.
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The new guidelines are the result of an analysis of 28 studies involving thousands of people with egg allergy, including hundreds with severe egg allergy.
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"That doesn't rule out that somebody might react to the influenza vaccine", Greenhawt said.
The vaccine has been offered to eligible children in reception class and school Years 1 to 4 in primary school.
The best ways to avoid the flu include staying away from people who you know or suspect may be sick; covering your mouth when you cough and nose when you sneeze; and washing your hands regularly - especially during the cold winter months.
"We have to wait and see what happens from there", he said.
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