Parents urged to give two and three-year-olds flu vaccine

Brandon Parsons
December 20, 2017

He says it's still too early to tell, but he says those thinking of getting the vaccine, shouldn't be anxious about that myth that you'll get the flu from the flu shot.

Studies from the task force show that getting a flu shot is not riskier for people who have egg allergies than people who don't.

Flu activity in OH has become widespread, the state's highest designation, almost a month earlier than past year and has resulted in a number of hospitalizations in Clark County already.

"I think there are fears this can be a worse flu season".

However, doctors said she might want to reconsider, especially with the flu already widespread. Flu seasons tend to happen in two different waves, each dominated by two different strains.

Over the course of a typical flu season - which runs from October to May in the United States - hundreds of thousands of people are hospitalized with the virus and tens of thousands die from it, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Dayton Children's admitted its first child with flu symptoms this season during the week of December 4 but OH hasn't seen any pediatric deaths so far.

Every year, a large amount of eggs are used to produce the flu vaccine. This is because the influenza vaccine does not contain enough egg protein to cause an allergic reaction, even in patients with severe egg allergy.

"We still have some time to get immunized we think it's going to peak earlier this year than it did last year for the flu season which means near the end of this month", said Dr. Whitacre.

Symptoms of the flu usually come on quickly and can include fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, muscle or body aches, headaches and fatigue, according to the CDC.

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

For more on the DPH's flu report, head here.

The vaccine has been offered to eligible children in reception class and school Years 1 to 4 in primary school.

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