• The Flu Has Been Making People Sick for At Least 500 Years

    The Flu Has Been Making People Sick for At Least 500 Years

    There’s no doubt about it—flu season is here. The CDC reported in late December that over half of America is experiencing a high rate of flu, and the numbers are expected to climb.

  • Egg Allergic Children Now Have No Barriers To Flu Shot

    Egg Allergic Children Now Have No Barriers To Flu Shot

    All children should have flu shots, even if they have an egg allergy, and it’s now safe to get them without special precautions. This finding is from the latest update on the safety of the flu vaccine for allergic patients, published in the October issue of the Annals of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology.

    The current recommendation from the CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices is to observe children allergic to eggs for 30 minutes after a flu shot. Also to have the shot under the care of a primary care provider, if the reaction to eating eggs is only hives, or an allergist, if the reaction to eating eggs is more serious.

  • Really? The Claim: The Flu Shot Can Worsen Asthma

    Every flu season, people with severe asthma are among those urged to be particularly diligent about getting vaccinated. And yet, studies show that most people with asthma — roughly two thirds — do not get vaccinated, in part because many worry that the flu shot itself can worsen asthma and provoke attacks. But new research involving both children and adults with asthma, suggests that the flu shot does not worsen asthma.

  • Flu Shots Offer Poor Protection to Seniors

    Seniors who got flu shots received minimal protection against the most pervasive flu strain of the season — one of the worst in recent years. For people 65 and older, the vaccination was just 9% effective, less than one-fifth as effective as for the general population. Across all age groups, the flu shot was moderately effective at 56%, a rate similar to previous years.

  • SC Flu Season is Bad - and It's Only Going to Get Worse

    SC Flu Season is Bad - and It's Only Going to Get Worse

    Health officials say flu season is early this year – and the Carolinians are feeling the pain.
 
It’s already one of the worst flu seasons in a decade, and it’s only going to get worse. Flu vaccine is available for Carolina Allergy and Asthma Consultants patients in all three of our convenient offices.

  • Egg Allergy and the Flu Vaccine

    Flu season is here and so is the need to be protected by getting vaccinated. This vaccine contains a very small amount of egg protein, so before giving it health providers ask if you are allergic to eggs. But do you really know if you are allergic to egg? Could you have egg intolerance?

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