"Egg allergy affects almost 2% of children, and around 29% of these children may have asthma", Matthew Greenhawt, MD, MBA, MSc, lead author of the practice parameter, chair of ACAAI Food Allergy Committee, Children's Hospital Colorado, University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine, told MD Magazine.
The authors note that previous studies have shown that patients with egg allergy (including life-threatening allergies) have received a flu shot without experiencing allergic reactions.
Greenhawt, who is also an associate professor of pediatrics at Children's Hospital Colorado, estimates that egg allergy affects 2% of children in the United States.
"Even healthy people can get very sick from the flu and spread it to others", Landers said.
Give special flu shots that don't contain traces of egg.
"We are now at the point where any remaining contraindication or special precaution is unnecessary, and there should be no barrier to the egg allergic patient receiving this vaccine in the primary care setting, like any patient may", Greenhawt noted.
"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". "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". But according to new research and guidelines from the American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology, that is no longer the case.
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. "There are no shortages of vaccines available", she said.
The DPH said more than 250 people tested positive for the flu as of early December.
So far this flu season, the state has recorded 401 flu-associated hospitalizations across Ohio. Experts say it's still not too late to get your 2017-18 shot.
"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.
As for how effective this year's vaccine will be?