Published: Wed, December 20, 2017
Medical | By Josefina Yates

Flu Vaccine Safe For People With Egg Allergies

Flu Vaccine Safe For People With Egg Allergies

Specifically, the health organizations all found that potential harms of the flu - which for some can be life-threatening - outweighed any potential risks, especially since there is no proven record of people with egg allergies having bad reactions to the flu shot. 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.

The "overwhelming evidence" since 2011 has shown that a flu shot poses no greater risk to someone with egg allergy than someone without, Greenhawt said in a news release from the medical group.

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.

Greenhawt, who is also an associate professor of pediatrics at Children's Hospital Colorado, estimates that egg allergy affects 2% of children in the United States. But a national panel of experts said Tuesday that egg allergies shouldn't prevent anyone from getting the shot and that reactions to the vaccine are no more likely among those with allergies than anyone else.

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

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The guidelines are the result of an analysis of 28 studies involving 4,315 egg allergic patients, including 656 patients with a severe egg allergy.

"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.

The State of Alabama is seeing an increase in flu cases this fall. Doctors don't even need to ask about an egg allergy before giving the injection, the paper adds.

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. "But it's going to continue through January and February, so get your flu shot as soon as you can".

"We have to wait and see what happens from there", he said. "It's a very important vaccine to get every year".

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