There’s really no place to hide from the flu this time of year.
Honestly, it seems like everyone’s had it and a lot of my friends are on their second round of the illness. With a toddler at home and a four-year-old in daycare, I resigned myself to the idea that the flu would catch up with my family sooner or later.
So this week, it caught up with the most vulnerable and sleep-deprived member of the family: ME!
Have you seen the news reports of these poor babies across the country succumbing to the flu? The Flu! It’s an epidemic at this point, and what used to be a three-day illness that got you out of school early back-in-the-day is straight up killing people now.
So, first thing Monday morning, my husband took both kids to the pediatrician to get the shot, with hopes they would avoid the body aches and stomach pains that I have.
The shot was no problem for my oldest, but we were told the flu shot contains egg and that my youngest, who has dairy and egg allergies, should avoid taking it.
I was beyond disappointed. She’s the youngest and the most likely to catch it next since she’s with me every. second. of. the. day. On my back. On my neck. On my leg. All over me. All day.
Later that same night, the news reported that people with egg allergies SHOULD take the shot because the risk of an allergic reaction was low.
So yea, we’re confused.
What determines a low risk? Is it age-based?
The American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology actually says that “no special precautions are required for the administration of influenza vaccine to egg-allergic patients no matter how severe the egg allergy.”
They’ve also posted a video on their website here: http://aaaai.execinc.com/videos/conditions-and-treatments/Food-Allergy-Videos/should-i-get-the-flu-shot-if-i-have-an-egg-allergy.asp
And literally, as I finished writing this post, our pediatrician returned my call and said the two-year-old can get the flu shot. As long as she’s not running a fever.
So that’s a relief, I think.
Did you get the flu shot or get it for your children this year? Did you run into a problem with allergies? Let me know in the comments.