Another anti-vaccine excuse fades away

Children and adults with egg allergies do not need to avoid flu shots or take special precautions, and healthcare providers need not ask if patients are allergic to eggs before giving a flu shot, allergy experts said.

Updated practice guidelines from the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI) and the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (AAAAI) state that people with egg allergies should receive an annual flu shot and that no special precautions are required…

A joint ACAAI and AAAAI task force reviewed findings from recent studies involving thousands of patients with egg allergies, and those studies uniformly showed egg allergic patients to have a similar risk for flu shot reactions as people without egg allergies…

The studies showed no benefit to taking special precautions, such as pre-vaccine skin testing or stepwise challenge, in egg allergic children and adults, and John Kelso of the Scripps Clinic in San Diego said the risks associated with not being vaccinated are now clear.

“There are hundreds of thousands of influenza hospitalizations in the U.S. each year, and tens of thousands of deaths,” he said. “There has been a growing recognition that not vaccinating poses a special risk. The vast majority of egg allergies are in young children and young children are more susceptible to flu.”

You can say “amen” to another copout. If only it was that easy to rid public health questions of superstition and ignorance.

5 thoughts on “Another anti-vaccine excuse fades away

  1. Apostate says:

    “Trump adviser says ignore flu shots and ‘inoculate yourself with the word of God'” (ABC News) http://abcnews.go.com/US/trump-adviser-ignore-flu-shots-inoculate-word-god/story?id=52897631Gloria Copeland is a member of the president’s faith advisory council http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2016/june-web-only/whos-who-of-trumps-tremendous-faith-advisors.html See also “Trump-Allied Televangelist Who Says Only Non-Believers Get PTSD Invited To Speak To Military” (Newsweek 2/1/18) http://www.newsweek.com/donald-trump-evangelicals-christians-us-army-military-ptsd-792797 (Kenneth) “Copeland is a member of the President’s Faith Advisory Council, a small group of fundamentalist Christians whose positions on social and other issues put them on the fringe edge of American religious believers. Moderate Christians pastors who have been excluded have described the group as a de facto Christian extremist fan club for Trump. Other members include Texas preacher Robert Jeffress, who has cited Biblical approval for ruling North Korea, and Jerry Falwell, Jr. Copeland is reportedly worth $26.5 million, and is among several televangelists, including another of Trump’s favorite pastors Paula White, whose finances were investigated by the Senate between 2007 and 2011.”

  2. Doc says:

    “Heartbroken family explains why 3-year-old who died from flu wasn’t vaccinated” http://abcnews.go.com/Health/family-haunted-decision-vaccinate-year-claimed-flu/story?id=53037673 “Her death comes as the nation battles one of the most brutal flu outbreaks on record. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said at least 14,676 people have been hospitalized with influenza since the flu season began in October — double the number from all of last year and the highest ever recorded. At least 63 children have died from influenza in the current flu season, according to the CDC, which is urging those who haven’t been vaccinated to do so.”

  3. Doc says:

    Mumps cases have become rare since a vaccine against the viral infection was introduced about 50 years ago, but it’s still possible to catch the illness. That’s why officials are worried about the tens of thousands of cheerleaders who were potentially exposed to it during a national competition a few weeks ago. Between athletes and coaches, more than 26,000 people from nine countries and 39 U.S. states attended the championship. http://www.newsweek.com/mumps-signs-symptoms-cheerleaders-exposed-virus-national-championship-836799

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