Saturday, 20 October, 2018

Flu Vaccine Could Work as Well as Last Year's Shot

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Marty Perkins | 20 December, 2017, 01:35

The latest statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show that the flu is widespread in 12 states, with 26 more displaying regional activity.

Clark County saw more than 40 flu-related hospitalizations during the last flu season, a majority of which involved people ages 60 and older, according to the Clark County Combined Health District. "As recently as 10 years ago the thought was, if you had an egg allergy, you should not get the flu shot because it was thought you would have a reaction".

According to numbers obtained through a Freedom of Information request filed by the New Democratic Party, hospitals at Hamilton Health Sciences have been running over capacity since October a year ago.

So far this flu season, the state has recorded 401 flu-associated hospitalizations across Ohio. In the past, most of the relatively few people who suffer from egg allergies-roughly 1% of children and 0.2% of adults, according to the CDC-could get a shot, but were encouraged to take a few extra precautions.

Last year, the CDC and the American Academy of Pediatrics both relaxed their flu shot guidelines for patients with egg allergies.

Historically, people with egg allergies weren't able to take advantage of the same flu vaccinations that the general population can.

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




Unfortunately this year's vaccine is not very effective against one of the circulating strains, but experts say that if you get the flu after getting the shot, your illness will be less severe.

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.

"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.

The department says the flu was expected to increase in Kansas and it likely has not peaked in the state yet.

Dr Atherton said: "We know that children are super-spreaders of germs". "There are no shortages of vaccines available", she said.

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

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