Special Guidelines Aren't Needed for Flu Shots
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|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.
Would you be more comfortable with following the current precautions in place?