People With Egg Allergies Can Now Get The Traditional Flu Shot

A flu shot ready to be administered. Bill Lackey  Staff

"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".

Clark County has seen about 10 hospitalizations for Influenza A since September 9, including seven between December 12 and 19, Health Commissioner Charles Patterson said.

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

"That's not an anomaly", he said.

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Unfortunately a wave of flu illnesses has hit right before the holidays, Patterson said, meaning it will likely spread as people attempt to celebrate, not just in OH but other states. She said there are three main strains of flu going around.

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

Champaign County hasn't had any hospitalizations for the virus during this season, Champaign County Health Commissioner Gabe Jones said. There were almost 87 hundred flu-associated hospitalizations a year ago.

So far this flu season, there have been 401 flu-associated hospitalizations in Ohio. It's also higher than the five-year average of a bit less than 100 for the same period in past years.

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At least four children died from flu-related complications in northeast OH during the previous flu season, according to the state health department earlier this year. "Flu season can set an extra burden on emergency department". It's not too late to get a flu shot, health officials said.

Their findings and new guidelines are consistent with those from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the American Academy of Pediatrics, all of which emphasize the safety and importance of everyone - including those with egg allergies - receiving their annual flu shots.

If you do get flu, Brammer suggests taking antivirals such as Tamiflu to reduce the number of days you are sick.

The flu is now considered to be widespread in CT, according to health officials.

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"Illnesses like flu spread easily within families and because of the nature of nurseries, playgroups and the school environment, toddlers and children are often in very close proximity to each other, where they are especially susceptible to any circulating germs".

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