Flu widespread in OH, hospitalizations reported in Clark County

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"I actually do normally get the flu shot". This is because the vaccine does not contain enough egg protein (ovalbumin) to trigger an allergic reaction, even among those with the most severe egg allergy.

People do not need to see an allergist before getting a flu shot, seek out egg-free formulas or submit to longer-than-normal observation periods after vaccination, the guidelines say.

However, now the Joint Task Force On Practice Parameters says that people with egg allergies don't need to take special precautions.

There have been dozens of studies involving thousands of patients with egg allergy who have received a flu shot without allergic reactions - including hundreds with life-threatening egg allergy. This flu season there have already been 401 flu-associated hospitalizations according to the state.

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

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.

Health officials say in a news release that influenza was the direct cause of 99 deaths past year, and it may have contributed to another 1,108 deaths among Kansas residents.

Ask about egg allergy before giving the vaccine.

If the vaccine is age-appropriate, it can be used for anyone with or without egg allergy. "There are no shortages of vaccines available", she said. 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.

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.

The vaccine has been offered to eligible children in reception class and school Years 1 to 4 in primary school.

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

"This is the best preventative measure we have against contracting influenza", Greenhawt said.

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