Flu Vaccine May Only Be 10 Percent Effective This Year

20 December, 2017, 01:17 | Author: Kelly Sanders
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Khan said the flu season this year may be worse than the last, judging from how badly Australia was hit and also concerns about the flu vaccine not being as effective as desired. "But it's going to continue through January and February, so get your flu shot as soon as you can".

Flu activity in OH has become widespread, the state's highest designation, almost a month earlier than past year and has resulted in a number of hospitalizations in Clark County already.

"I actually do normally get the flu shot".

During the 2015-2016 flu season, an estimated 308,232 people were hospitalized in the United States because of the flu, Kelso and his colleagues noted.

Most live influenza vaccines contain trace amounts of egg protein, because of the way they're manufactured.

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.

Flu Vaccine May Only Be 10 Percent Effective This Year

The guidelines come just as flu season is at its peak this year. "When someone gets a flu shot, health care providers often ask if they are allergic to eggs", said allergist Matthew Greenhawt, MD, chair of the ACAAI Food Allergy Committee and lead author of the practice parameter.

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.

Doctors don't even need to ask about an egg allergy before giving the injection, the paper adds.

"Our summer was very busy, so the adult side has been having surge issues longer standing that are beyond flu", 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.

"You may be able to pass on the flu to someone else before you know you are sick, as well as while you are sick", the agency says.

"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.

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