Egg allergy is not a barrier to get the flu vaccine.
Flu season starts in the fall and can last until early spring, which means we will soon offer the flu shot in our offices.
Previously, those with the egg allergy were advised to get a specific flu shot because most versions contain a tiny amount of egg protein. However, over the last few years, many organizations have confirmed that patients with an egg allergy do not need to take any special precautions. Research shows that the flu shot is recommended and safe for those with egg allergies, even though the shot is manufactured from egg-based proteins.
These studies found that even patients who have a life-threatening egg allergy can receive the flu shot without any allergic reaction. As long as the vaccine is age appropriate, it can be used for anyone.
We recommend our patients to get the shot because the flu can cause inflammation in the lungs and airways. Influenza is a respiratory condition that can worsen the severity of those with asthma. Therefore it is essential for those with asthma to reduce their chance of getting the flu.
Who Should Get a Flu Shot?
The CDC recommends the following people receive the flu vaccine:
- Everyone six months and older
- Vaccination is especially important for those who are more likely to develop complications from the flu:
- very young children
- people age 65 and older
- people with chronic medical conditions, such as asthma
They recommend getting vaccinated before the end of October, however getting vaccinated later is better than never, as the flu season typically extends into March or even later. It takes approximately two weeks for antibodies to develop, so it is recommended patients received the shot before the flu starts to spread.
Getting a Flu Shot at Family Allergy & Asthma?
At Family Allergy & Asthma, we offer the flu shot in our shot rooms during the flu season. Those who are on allergy shots can get their flu shot the same day. The allergy shot will be given first, and then after the 30 minute waiting period, our staff can administer the flu shot. If you have any questions, please talk to one of our shot room nurses.
Tips for preventing the flu from spreading:
- Stay at home when you are sick, avoid close contact with others who are sick.
- Practice good handwashing habits, use soap and water, or if those aren’t available use hand sanitizer.
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing.
- Avoid touching your face; germs are spread when a person touches something contaminated and then touches their eyes, nose or mouth.
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