Hospitalizations due to the flu a year ago started to increase in December and peaked the last week of February. The CDC now recommends that almost all Americans older than six months get a flu shot, with an emphasis on young children, elderly adults and those with chronic illnesses. This is because the influenza vaccine does not contain enough egg protein to cause an allergic reaction, even in patients with severe egg allergy. He says it's still too early to tell, but he says those thinking of getting the vaccine, shouldn't be anxious about that myth that you'll get the flu from the flu shot.
"Egg allergy affects almost 2% of children, and around 29% of these children may have asthma", Matthew Greenhawt, MD, MBA, MSc, lead author of the practice parameter, chair of ACAAI Food Allergy Committee, Children's Hospital Colorado, University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine, told MD Magazine.
Studies from the task force show that getting a flu shot is not riskier for people who have egg allergies than people who don't.
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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.
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"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. No one in the studies had a severe reaction.
Dr. Wu said they typically start to see flu cases diminish toward the end of April.
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".
"We have to wait and see what happens from there", he said.
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".