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Special precautions not required when people with egg allergy take flu shots

20 December 2017

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. "When someone gets a flu shot, health care providers often ask if they are allergic to eggs", said allergist Matthew Greenhawt, MD, chair of the ACAAI Food Allergy Committee and lead author of the practice parameter.

The nasal spray vaccine provides good protection for children against influenza and is most effective if given before flu starts to circulate.

The new findings mean that even more people will be able to get their recommended flu shot without sacrificing peace of mind. 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.

Health officials say in a news release that influenza was the direct cause of 99 deaths previous year, and it may have contributed to another 1,108 deaths among Kansas residents.

Even ask about egg allergy before giving the vaccine.

Unfortunately, there are no easy, Egg Beaters-esque substitutes for biomedical uses.

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"Our summer was very busy, so the adult side has been having surge issues longer standing that are beyond flu", she said.

Khan said there is also an intranasal spray version of the vaccine for those who don't want the needle.

Anaphylaxis - a potentially life-threatening allergic reaction - "can occur rarely after the administration of any vaccine to any patient at a rate of approximately 1 per million", according to research conducted by Dr. John Kelso, an allergist and immunologist at Scripps Health, who co-authored the new guidelines.

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

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.

Special precautions not required when people with egg allergy take flu shots