Influenza season is here, and the news is filled with stories of young children dying from the flu. Most people who have fatal infections as a result of the flu are the very young, very old, and people with chronic medical conditions such as asthma, COPD, heart disease and diabetes. However, even healthy older children and adults can die from the flu. Therefore, it is extremely important that everyone (unless they have a contraindication) with asthma get vaccinated with the influenza vaccine as soon as possible. If you have concerns about whether you should get the flu shot, check with your doctor right away.
In the past, people with egg allergy were told not to get the flu shot. Recent studies have shown that most people, even with severe egg allergy, can safely tolerate the influenza vaccine. It is still important for people with egg allergy to check with their doctor -- or even better, their allergist -- in order to get the influenza vaccine under the direct supervision of a physician, given that there is a small chance of an allergic reaction occurring.