Flu shot is safe for people with egg allergies, government panel says

Flu shot is safe for people with egg allergies, government panel says

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

The Ohio Department of Health is raising its flu-activity level to "widespread", the agency's highest ranking. It's not too late to get a flu shot, health officials said. CNN reports that the new findings mean that more people will be able to take advantage of the flu shot this year, reducing the risk of contracting the disease, which can sometimes be fatal.

"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.

The authors note that previous studies have shown that patients with egg allergy (including life-threatening allergies) have received a flu shot without experiencing allergic reactions.

"I think there are fears this can be a worse flu season".

Khan said they've seen some patients admitted into the hospital for the flu, but there aren't any definitive numbers at this point.

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It's safe for people with an egg allergy to get a flu shot, says a leading US allergists' group.

"Egg allergy primarily affects young children, who are also particularly vulnerable to the flu", Kelso added.

However, doctors said she might want to reconsider, especially with the flu already widespread. "Although people with the flu are most contagious in the first 3-4 days after their illness begins, some otherwise healthy adults may be able to infect others beginning 1 day before symptoms develop and up to 5 to 7 days after becoming sick".

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

Even though it is the single most effective way to prevent infection, only 46.8% of people living in the United States got vaccinated for the 2016-17 flu season, according to CDC data. "It's a very important vaccine to get every year".

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