State Says Flu Activity Now "Widespread"

20 December, 2017, 01:33 | Author: Samuel Hayes
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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.

Hospitalization numbers are well above last year and above the five-year average.

The "overwhelming evidence" since 2011 has shown that a flu shot poses no greater risk to someone with egg allergy than someone without, Greenhawt said in a news release from the medical group. 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. "One redeeming quality about egg allergy is that the majority of it is outgrown at some point in childhood, with a very small proportion of individuals retaining that into adulthood". The new guidelines reinforce the fact that the flu vaccine is safe and effective for everyone - even those with egg allergies.

"Widespread just means that we are seeing it in all pockets of the state", Ohio Department of Health spokeswoman Melanie Amato said, "from northeast to southwest".

Khan said there is also an intranasal spray version of the vaccine for those who don't want the needle. "Any provider who's giving vaccines needs to be prepared to recognize and manage an adverse reaction to a vaccine, including a severe reaction like anaphylaxis".

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These recommendations from the allergy community are consistent with those from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the American Academy of Pediatrics, all emphasizing the safety and importance of egg-allergic patients receiving their annual influenza vaccine. She said there are three main strains of flu going around. "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".

The CDC also advises people to wash their hands often to prevent spreading flu and to stay home if they're sick so they won't spread it to others.

So far this flu season, there have been 401 flu-associated hospitalizations in Ohio. Experts say it's still not too late to get your 2017-18 shot.

"We have to wait and see what happens from there", he said.

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