Health officials say flu now widespread in CT

Toni Houston
December 20, 2017

People with serious egg allergies had to either skip the flu vaccine or get it done by a specialist-until recently.

Most flu vaccines administered today are manufactured using chicken eggs and contain trace amounts of a protein called ovalbumin.

"People with egg allergy of any severity can receive the influenza vaccine without any special precautions", said Dr. Matthew Greenhawt, the paper's lead author and chairman of the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology Food Allergy Committee.

To determine if the vaccine was risky for people with egg allergies, Kelso and his colleagues pored through the medical literature and found 28 studies with data from 4,315 egg allergic patients, including 656 who were severely allergic.

The health district likely won't hear about someone missing work or school for a week because of the flu virus, Patterson said.

This year's vaccine is proving to be rather ineffective against one particular influenza strain, but experts say that anyone getting the flu after immunization is bound to have a less severe illness. "But it's going to continue through January and February, so get your flu shot as soon as you can".

This season's flu shot is less effective than year's past. Hospitalizations due to the flu past year started to increase in December and peaked the last week of February.

"I actually do normally get the flu shot".

The DPH said more than 250 people tested positive for the flu as of early December.

So far this flu season, there have been 401 flu-associated hospitalizations in Ohio.

Khan said they've seen some patients admitted into the hospital for the flu, but there aren't any definitive numbers at this point.

The best ways to avoid the flu include staying away from people who you know or suspect may be sick; covering your mouth when you cough and nose when you sneeze; and washing your hands regularly - especially during the cold winter months.

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