The flu shot is an annual failure. But year after year, the CDC convinces the herd that without a flu shot, death is imminent. Rather than allow their immune systems to strengthen and evolve, many people buy into the “quick fix” flu shot remedy. Even when that “quick fix” comes with a heavy risk.
Take people with egg allergies, for example. For years people with egg allergies were recommended to not take the flu shot. But of course, that means less sales for pharmaceutical giants.
- Researchers estimate that up to 15 million Americans have food allergies.
- This potentially deadly disease affects 1 in every 13 children (under 18 years of age) in the U.S. That’s roughly two in every classroom.
Eggs are a large part of those allergies. And that’s a huge demographic to miss out on when it comes to sales.
So what’s the solution?
Of course, tell people with egg allergies to go ahead and get a flu shot.
There are also new recommendations for flu shots in people with egg allergies. Previously, the CDC had recommended that people with egg allergies be observed for 30 minutes after receiving a flu shot, but this is no longer recommended. People who have experienced hives as their only allergic reaction to eggs can get any flu vaccine that is licensed for their age group and health status, the CDC says. People who’ve had severe allergic reaction to eggs, including angioedema (swelling of the skin) and difficulty breathing, can also receive any flu vaccine that is licensed for their age group and health status. However, for these people, the vaccine should be adminstered in a medical setting (such as a hospital, clinic or doctor’s office), and it should be given by a health care provider who can recognize and manage severe allergic conditions. The rate of anaphylaxis (a severe allergic reaction) after all flu vaccines is about 1 case per one million vaccine doses given, the CDC says. (source)
The risk of getting a flu shot while having an allergy to eggs is real and defined, yet the CDC goes ahead and recommends that people with these allergies take the risk when it comes to flu shots.