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The new findings mean that even more people will be able to get their recommended flu shot without sacrificing peace of mind.

People who have egg allergies should not worry about getting their flu vaccinations, according to new government guidelines.

"Egg allergy affects almost 2% of children, and around 29% of these children may have asthma", Matthew Greenhawt, MD, MBA, MSc, lead author of the practice parameter, chair of ACAAI Food Allergy Committee, Children's Hospital Colorado, University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine, told MD Magazine.

To reach this conclusion, the association reviewed dozens of studies involving thousands of patients with egg allergies who have received a flu shot and did not have allergic reactions - including hundreds with life-threatening egg allergy.

During the 2015-2016 flu season, an estimated 308,232 people were hospitalized in the United States because of the flu, Kelso and his colleagues noted. "Egg allergy primarily affects young children, who are also particularly vulnerable to the flu".

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"It's very rare to see an adult with egg allergy - not impossible", he said.

Khan said they've seen some patients admitted into the hospital for the flu, but there aren't any definitive numbers at this point.

Eggs are used in the vaccine-manufacturing process to incubate the viral strains, Bergen explains, which leaves trace amounts of egg in the resulting flu shot.

One of the main concerns with any vaccine is a severe allergic reaction - known as anaphylaxis.

The department says the flu was expected to increase in Kansas and it likely has not peaked in the state yet.

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Doctors no longer need to question patients about egg allergy before giving the vaccine, according to an updated guideline from the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology. She said there are three main strains of flu going around.

This season's flu shot is less effective than year's past.

The DPH said more than 250 people tested positive for the flu as of early December. Experts say it's still not too late to get your 2017-18 shot. That means the vaccine should be as effective as it was previous year.

Dr Atherton said: "We know that children are super-spreaders of germs".

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