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"We want health care providers and people with egg allergy to know there is no need to ask this question anymore, and no need to take any special precautions," said Greenhawt, chair of the college's food allergy committee.
That means patients don't need to see an allergist to get the flu shot, or require a longer-than-usual observation period after receiving the injection.
"There are hundreds of thousands of hospitalizations, and tens of thousands of deaths in the United States every year because of the flu, most of which could be prevented with a flu shot," said guideline co-author Dr. John Kelso.
"Egg allergy primarily affects young children, who are also particularly vulnerable to the flu," Kelso added. "It's very important that we encourage everyone, including children with egg allergy, to get a flu shot."
The guideline was published Dec. 19 in the journal Annals of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology.
Everyone 6 months and older should get an annual flu vaccination, with rare exceptions, according to the CDC.
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