New Flu Vaccine Guidelines Issued for Patients With Egg Allergy

Hamilton Health Sciences is planning for higher volume visits due to the flu season says Sarah Khan the associate director of infection and control

New Flu Vaccine Guidelines Issued for Patients With Egg Allergy

Previous year flu activity didn't reach this level statewide until mid-January, according to the Ohio Department of Health.

It takes about two weeks for a flu shot to take full effect.

ZANESVILLE, Ohio- Flu activity has officially been elevated to "widespread" in the state of Ohio according to health officials.

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

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.

From the start of October through December 9, 401 people have been hospitalized with symptoms associated with influenza, according to ODH. However, a national panel of experts announced on Tuesday that egg allergies should not prevent anyone from getting a flu shot, and that adverse reactions to the vaccine are no more likely among those with allergies compared to everyone else.

Give special flu shots that don't contain traces of egg. Dr. Wu said they typically start to see flu cases diminish toward the end of April.

Even ask about egg allergy before giving the vaccine.

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. Anaphylaxis can happen with any vaccine at a rate of about one per million, no matter the type or whether the person has an allergy. "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".

"My understanding is there's definitely some open beds at this time, we have the capacity to open extra beds if needed still", Khan said.

As for how effective this year's vaccine will be?

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