Published: Wed, December 20, 2017
Health Care | By Alice Shelton

Flu widespread in OH, hospitalizations reported in Clark County

Flu widespread in OH, hospitalizations reported in Clark County

Those studies showed that people with egg allergies were no more likely than others to react to a flu shot. Most flu vaccinations are made using chicken eggs and contain small amounts of the protein ovalbumin, which has been thought to be a no-go for egg allergy sufferers.

The U.S. Preventative Task Force even added that health care professionals don't need to ask about egg allergies at all when offering the flu shot to patients.

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.

The season's first flu-related death was reported last week.

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.

"We do encourage everyone who hasn't gotten a flu shot to go ahead and get one, even though the effectiveness is not very good this season", Ferguson said.

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

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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.

If the vaccine is age-appropriate, it can be used for anyone with or without egg allergy.

Unfortunately a wave of flu illnesses has hit right before the holidays, Patterson said, meaning it will likely spread as people attempt to celebrate, not just in OH but other states. "Any provider who's giving vaccines needs to be prepared to recognize and manage an adverse reaction to a vaccine, including a severe reaction like anaphylaxis".

Symptoms of the flu include fever, cough, sore throat, runny/stuffy nose, headache, muscle aches and extreme fatigue.

This season's flu shot is less effective than year's past. That means the vaccine should be as effective as it was past year. She said there are three main strains of flu going around.

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.

"This is the best preventative measure we have against contracting influenza", Greenhawt said.

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