Friday, October 22, 2010

Egg Allergy No Longer a Reason to Avoid Getting a Flu Vaccine

Along with fall comes flu season, but having an egg allergy is not a reason to avoid getting the 2010-2011 flu vaccination. According to a new paper published on the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma Immunology (AAAAI) website, recent studies show that most egg allergic individuals can receive the flu vaccine safely under the care of their allergist/immunologist.

"In the past, persons with egg allergy were told not to get the influenza vaccine because the vaccine contained egg protein and could trigger an allergic reaction. Research in the past year now shows that influenza vaccines contain only tiny amounts of egg protein. Clinical studies proved that the vast majority of persons with egg allergy did not experience a reaction when immunized with the influenza vaccine," said co-author of the paper James T. Li, MD, PhD, FAAAAI.
Based on the examined research, the authors no longer recommend the practice of skin testing to the seasonal Trivalent Influenza Vaccine (TIV), although it may be useful as an extra level of caution in cases where the patient has a documented history of a past allergic reaction to the vaccine.

Anyone with a history of suspected egg allergy should first be evaluated by an allergist/immunologist for appropriate testing and diagnosis. Patients with a confirmed egg allergy can then receive the vaccine safely using one of two protocols: as a 2-step graded challenge or as a single, age-appropriate dose.

"It is not necessary to withhold influenza vaccination from egg allergic patients. Our recommendations provide two flexible approaches to vaccination. Each approach is backed with recent evidence that it is safe," according to co-author Matthew J. Greenhawt, MD, MBA. "Most allergists should be able to identify with one of our recommended approaches, and as such should be able to vaccinate their egg allergic patients with confidence."

The authors do note that the safety of these vaccines in individuals with severe egg allergy needs to be studied further.

Source: American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology

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Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Dual Flu and Pneumococcal Vaccination May Protect Seniors from Cardiovascular Events

Did you know that many people who get the flu, don't die from the flu? They die from secondary diseases that sneak up on them when their immune system is down.  One such disease is Pneumonia.  There is a very large risk of developing Pneumonia as a complication from the flu. 

Older individuals receiving both the 23-valent pneumococcal and influenza vaccines were 35% less likely to die than unvaccinated seniors, according to recent study results.

WHO recommends 23-valent pneumococcal (PPV) and influenza vaccination for older individuals.

If you have questions about the Flu or pneumonia or are interested in getting vaccinated, give us a call at Passport Health.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

You better listen to your Mama!


No one plans to get the flu! 

Mama is right. Thousands get sick or die from the flu every year. The best way to avoid getting the flu is by getting vaccinated every year!

Passport Health can come on site to vaccinate you and your co-workers or you can give us a call (1-888-499-7277) and come in to any of our 170 locations!  How's that for convenient?

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Thank You for a great event!

Most of us here are exhausted but still running on a high from the great success of Tuesday night's Rethink Africa event.  I cant wait to see the photos from the lovely Joy Reinhardt, a talented photographer who willingly donated her services for the evening.

The evening went by so quickly that it still feels like a dream. The Musicians from Tonal Concepts, the Dancers from Flair Dance Studio and the Singers from Morgan State University performed "Africa" beautifully and without mistake.

The food served by Santoni's, Geckos and Cooking with Catherine was all delicious and well-presented.  Both the Stella Artois and the fine selection of African wines served by the wonderful bartenders at Martooni's Bartending Services were kept at the appropriate temperature for maximum taste.

More info to come about the other excellent sponsors and vendors without which this event would not have been successful.

Friday, October 8, 2010

My Bad- But its GOOD!!

Ok, so I have been slacking on the blog posts recently.  I'm Sorry.  I have a really good reason that I should have been sharing with you all along.

Most of my time and effort (and much of my colleagues' time and effort as well) has been spent these past few months on an out-of-the-box charity event entitled Rethink Africa.

This gathering will be an event with a focus on Africa to shift the paradigm of thinking that Africa is about malaria, civil war and only elephants and lions. We will expose business leaders to economic development opportunities in the continent and showcase how a vacation in Africa can be breathtaking if you prepare properly and have a reputable company organizing your trip.

To that extent, we want you to see that the beaches in Nigeria, The Gambia, Senegal, Togo and Benin are as beautiful as many of the best beaches in the world; and that a honeymoon in Africa might be more affordable and even more exciting than a getaway to Paris or Rome. We want people to rethink what they know about Africa.

So check it out.  If you are interested and in the Baltimore area on October 12th, please attend.  Its going to be a great time filled with business leaders, African music and dancing, great wine and delicious food.

One last thing... All proceeds are being split between 2 non-profit organizations: the There Goes My Hero Foundation and the Ben Carson Scholars Fund.  2 VERY necessary causes and all donations are tax deductible.