Flu vaccine

ZANESVILLE, Ohio- Flu activity has officially been elevated to "widespread" in the state of Ohio according to health officials.

And CNN reports that the CDC says more than 6,000 people have tested positive for the flu this year.

A year ago flu activity didn't reach this level statewide until mid-January, according to the Ohio Department of Health.

There have been 39 flu-related hospitalizations so far in Cuyahoga County, 33 in Summit County and 42 in Stark, according to health department statistics.

"What usually happens is that it takes two to three weeks for the vaccine to take hold, so either they came in with the flu and they got the influenza vaccine, or they got the flu during the time, while they were waiting for the antibodies to respond", Wu said.

"We are still wanting people to get the vaccine, simply because there are still some strains that can be prevented".


"I actually do normally get the flu shot".

An estimated 5 to 20 percent of people are expected to get the flu this year, depending on the severity of the season.

The new findings mean that even more people will be able to get their recommended flu shot without sacrificing peace of mind.

It's safe for people with an egg allergy to get a flu shot, says a leading US allergists' group.

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.

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.


One of the main concerns with any vaccine is a severe allergic reaction - known as anaphylaxis.

Ask about egg allergy before giving the vaccine.

The researchers concluded that someone who is allergic to eggs is not at an increased risk of experiencing an adverse reaction to the flu vaccine.

"This is the best preventative measure we have against contracting influenza", Greenhawt said.

"Our summer was very busy, so the adult side has been having surge issues longer standing that are beyond flu", she said. But, he points out, the amount of egg proteins in the vaccine each year has been decreasing.


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