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Food allergy affects 5% of children under the age of 5 and 4% of children aged 5 to 17 years and adults in the United States.
Prevalence rates in the United States:
• Peanut: 0.6%
• Tree nuts: 0.4–0.5%
• Fish: 0.2% in children and 0.5% in adults
• Crustacean shellfish (crab, crayfish, lobster, shrimp): 0.5% in children
and 2.5% in adults
• All seafood: 0.6% in children and 2.8% in adults
• Milk and egg: no reliable data available from U.S. studies, but based on data
obtained outside the United States, this rate is likely to be 1–2% for
Source: NIH Publication, Guidelines for the Diagnosis and Management of Food Allergy in the United States: Summary for Patients, Families, and Caregivers.