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People With Egg Allergies Can Now Get The Traditional Flu Shot

20 December 2017

It's safe for people with an egg allergy to get a flu shot, says a leading USA allergists' group. The updated practice parameters, which were written by American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology Food Allergy Committee Chair Matthew Greenhawt, are based on dozens of studies that suggest the tiny amounts of egg protein found in a flu shot are not enough to trigger a unsafe reaction, even in people with a severe allergy. In the past, people with egg allergy were advised to explore egg-free flu vaccination options.

The nasal spray vaccine provides good protection for children against influenza and is most effective if given before flu starts to circulate. "Both children and asthmatics are vulnerable populations who are highly recommended to receive annual influenza vaccine, so this subgroup is, in particular, a prime target to protect".

See an allergy specialist for the flu shot.

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.

Ask about egg allergy before giving the vaccine.

"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".

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"That doesn't rule out that somebody might react to the influenza vaccine", Greenhawt said. But according to new research and guidelines from the American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology, that is no longer the case.

Symptoms of the flu include fever, cough, sore throat, runny/stuffy nose, headache, muscle aches and extreme fatigue.

However, doctors said she might want to reconsider, especially with the flu already widespread.

The DPH said more than 250 people tested positive for the flu as of early December.

The CDC also advises people to wash their hands often to prevent spreading flu and to stay home if they're sick so they won't spread it to others. "The overwhelming evidence since 2011 has shown that a flu shot poses no greater risk to those with egg allergy than those without". Experts say it's still not too late to get your 2017-18 shot. But, he points out, the amount of egg proteins in the vaccine each year has been decreasing.

"We have to wait and see what happens from there", he said.

People With Egg Allergies Can Now Get The Traditional Flu Shot