People With Egg Allergies Can Now Get The Traditional Flu Shot

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Ferguson says besides getting a flu shot, people should wash their hands frequently and cover their mouths when they cough or sneeze.

The flu vaccine does not contain enough egg protein to cause an allergic reaction, even in people with severe egg allergy, he and his colleagues said. "We want health care providers and people with egg allergy to know there is no need to ask this question anymore, and no need to take any special precautions".

To determine if the vaccine was risky for people with egg allergies, Kelso and his colleagues pored through the medical literature and found 28 studies with data from 4,315 egg allergic patients, including 656 who were severely allergic.

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.

Parents and guardians are required to give consent before their child receives the flu nasal spray vaccine in school. "The overwhelming evidence since 2011 has shown that a flu shot poses no greater risk to those with egg allergy than those without".

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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.

From the start of October through December 9, 401 people have been hospitalized with symptoms associated with influenza, according to ODH. Dr. Wu said they typically start to see flu cases diminish toward the end of April. "As recently as 10 years ago the thought was, if you had an egg allergy, you should not get the flu shot because it was thought you would have a reaction". It's not too late to get a flu shot, health officials said. "It's a very important vaccine to get every year".

"When someone gets a flu shot, health care providers often ask if they are allergic to eggs", said guideline lead author Dr. Matthew Greenhawt.

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