Published: Wed, December 20, 2017
Medical | By Alyssa Little

People With Egg Allergies Can Now Get the Flu Shot

People With Egg Allergies Can Now Get the Flu Shot

Kansas health officials say the flu is increasing in most parts of the state.

It's still early in the flu season, but hospitals in Hamilton are already beginning to plan for a "surge" in visits to the emergency room.

Khan said the flu season this year may be worse than the last, judging from how badly Australia was hit and also concerns about the flu vaccine not being as effective as desired.

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

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However, not everyone in that range has been able to get the vaccine to date.

The guidelines come as flu season is starting to rev up.

Because the vaccine contains egg protein, doctors used to advise against the shot entirely or to get it only in the presence of an allergist if someone had a known allergy. "Egg allergy primarily affects young children, who are also particularly vulnerable to the flu".

While previous parameters stated that those with an egg allergy could safely receive the vaccine at an allergy specialist's office, followed by a specific waiting period, new parameters, however, state precautions such as specific waiting periods, specific medical settings and choice of vaccination, are not warranted and considered an unnecessary barrier to immunization.

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Ask about egg allergy before giving the vaccine. "The overwhelming evidence since 2011 has shown that a flu shot poses no greater risk to those with egg allergy than those without".

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

The State of Alabama is seeing an increase in flu cases this fall. "There are no shortages of vaccines available", she said.

"That doesn't rule out that somebody might react to the influenza vaccine", Greenhawt said. "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".

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"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. "It's a very important vaccine to get every year".

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