Special Guidelines Aren't Needed for Flu Shots

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Special Guidelines Aren't Needed for Flu Shots
Thu, 10-24-2013 - 2:20pm

For kids with egg allergies, they are saying that it's not necessary to follow the current recommendations in place:

The current recommendation from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices is to observe children who have an egg allergy for 30 minutes after a flu shot.

It also advises that the shot should be given under the care of a primary care doctor if a child's reaction to eggs is only hives, and under the supervision of an allergist if a child's reaction to eggs is more serious.

However, the new update -- published in the October issue of the journal Annals of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology -- states that such special precautions are not necessary.

"In a large number of research studies published over the last several years, thousands of egg allergic children, including those with a severe life-threatening reaction to eating eggs, have received injectable influenza vaccine (IIV) as a single dose without a reaction," allergist Dr. John Kelso said in a news release from the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology.

Read more: http://health.usnews.com/health-news/news/articles/2013/10/04/egg-allergy-no-obstacle-to-childs-flu-shot-cdc-says

Would you be more comfortable with following the current precautions in place?