Flu widespread in OH, hospitalizations reported in Clark County

Flu jab doctors

Flu jab doctors

The latest data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show that influenza was widespread in 12 states, while 26 more had regional activity. Hospitalizations due to the flu previous year started to increase in December and peaked the last week of February. "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". A year ago a total of more than 8,600 flu-associated hospitalizations were reported statewide.

"What usually happens is that it takes two to three weeks for the vaccine to take hold, so either they came in with the flu and they got the influenza vaccine, or they got the flu during the time, while they were waiting for the antibodies to respond", Wu said.

This season's flu shot is less effective than year's past. This is because the vaccine does not contain enough egg protein (ovalbumin) to trigger an allergic reaction, even among those with the most severe egg allergy.

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. "It's very important that we encourage everyone, including children with egg allergy, to get a 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.

People with egg allergies don't have to worry about getting the flu shot, new government guidelines say.

"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.

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

The researchers concluded that someone who is allergic to eggs is not at an increased risk of experiencing an adverse reaction to the flu vaccine.

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

"That doesn't rule out that somebody might react to the influenza vaccine", Greenhawt said. That means the vaccine should be as effective as it was past year.

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