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Flu Shot is Safe for Those with Egg Allergies

Flu Shot is Safe for Those with Egg Allergies

CNN reports that the new findings mean that more people will be able to take advantage of the flu shot this year, reducing the risk of contracting the disease, which can sometimes be fatal.

"People with egg allergy of any severity can receive the influenza vaccine without any special precautions", said Dr. Matthew Greenhawt, the paper's lead author and chairman of the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology Food Allergy Committee.

For years, people with an egg allergy have been told to avoid or take special precautions when getting a flu shot because most influenza vaccines are grown in eggs and contain a tiny amount of egg protein. "It's very important that we encourage everyone, including children with egg allergy, to get a flu shot".

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.

Require longer-than-normal observation periods after the shot.

"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.

Dr. Wu said they typically start to see flu cases diminish toward the end of April.

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

Symptoms of the flu usually come on quickly and can include fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, muscle or body aches, headaches and fatigue, according to the CDC.

The health district likely won't hear about someone missing work or school for a week because of the flu virus, Patterson said.

That concerned flu experts who had watched the vaccine show only 10 percent effectiveness against the H3N2 strain that circulated in Australia, where the flu season has just ended. That means the vaccine should be as effective as it was a year ago.

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.

Dr Atherton said: "We know that children are super-spreaders of germs".


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