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.

8 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) Copeland is a member of the president’s faith advisory council See also “Trump-Allied Televangelist Who Says Only Non-Believers Get PTSD Invited To Speak To Military” (Newsweek 2/1/18) (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.”

    • Kiss of death says:

      “Social media bots and Russian trolls promoted discord and spread false information about vaccines on Twitter, according to new research led by the George Washington University.” “Using tactics similar to those at work during the 2016 United States presidential election, these Twitter accounts entered into vaccine debates months before election season was underway. The study, “Weaponized Health Communication: Twitter Bots and Russian Trolls Amplify the Vaccine Debate” was published today in the American Journal of Public Health.”

  2. Doc says:

    “Heartbroken family explains why 3-year-old who died from flu wasn’t vaccinated” “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.

  4. Cassandra says:

    An estimated 80,000 Americans died of flu and its complications last winter — the disease’s highest death toll in at least four decades.
    The director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Dr. Robert Redfield, revealed the total in an interview Tuesday night with The Associated Press. CDC officials do not have exact counts of how many people die from flu each year. Flu is so common that not all flu cases are reported, and flu is not always listed on death certificates. So the CDC uses statistical models, which are periodically revised, to make estimates.
    Fatal complications from the flu can include pneumonia, stroke and heart attack.
    Last winter was not the worst flu season on record, however. The 1918 flu pandemic, which lasted nearly two years, killed more than 500,000 Americans, historians estimate.

  5. Hypocritic oath says:

    Rep.-elect Mark Green (R-TN), a physician, is walking back his statement about vaccinations possibly causing autism after sharp backlash, according to a Wednesday night Washington Post report. The idea that vaccines cause autism is patently false and has caused the preventable deaths of children nationwide.
    However, this isn’t the first time Green has stirred up controversy — per the Post, he was intended to be President Donald Trump’s Army secretary nominee until his inflammatory comments about Islam, LGBTQ issues and evolution took him out of the running.

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