Flu Vaccine May Only Be 10 Percent Effective This Year

Flu Vaccine May Only Be 10 Percent Effective This Year

Flu Vaccine May Only Be 10 Percent Effective This Year

"I actually do normally get the flu shot". A new paper published Tuesday in the Annals of Allergy; however, challenges that thought and claims that the flu shot is safe for people who are allergic to eggs. The updated practice parameters, which were written by American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology Food Allergy Committee Chair Matthew Greenhawt, are based on dozens of studies that suggest the tiny amounts of egg protein found in a flu shot are not enough to trigger a unsafe reaction, even in people with a severe allergy.

Typical egg allergy suffers have to see an allergy specialist for the flu shot, get special shots, and require longer-than-normal observation periods after getting the shot.

In the most recent week numbers are available, 144 people went to the hospital with the flu.

It takes about two weeks for a flu shot to take full effect. This is because the influenza vaccine does not contain enough egg protein to cause an allergic reaction, even in patients with severe egg allergy.

Dayton Children's admitted its first child with flu symptoms this season during the week of December 4 but OH hasn't seen any pediatric deaths so far.

There have been 39 flu-related hospitalizations so far in Cuyahoga County, 33 in Summit County and 42 in Stark, according to health department statistics.

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

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

"That doesn't rule out that somebody might react to the influenza vaccine", Greenhawt said. No one in the studies had a severe reaction.

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.

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

For more on the DPH's flu report, head here.

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