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People With Food Allergies Can Get the COVID-19 Vaccine

Updates as of Nov. 22, 2021: Since our last update to this blog post on Nov. 15, 2021, the CDC announced that anyone 18 and older can now get a booster shot. As more information becomes available, we will continue to update our community. The COVID-19 vaccine is an important part of reducing the spread of the coronavirus , ending the pandemic, and protecting ourselves and other people. It can reduce your chance of severe COVID-19, hospital stays, and death. The COVID-19 vaccine is safe and...

People With Possible Allergy Were Able to Safely Get COVID-19 Vaccine, Study Shows

Some people in the United States have expressed concern over getting one of the three currently available COVID-19 vaccines due to fear of an allergic reaction to the ingredients. Two new studies being presented at this year’s American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI) Annual Scientific Meeting show most people who think they will have an allergic reaction, or who believe they have had an allergic response to the first vaccine, can safely be fully vaccinated.

Study Shows the Importance of Penicillin Allergy Testing in Pregnancy

It’s well known that 9 of 10 Americans who believe they are allergic to penicillin are not allergic. It’s also known that broad spectrum antibiotics are not as effective as penicillin and their use can increase antibiotic resistance. A new study showed the majority of pregnant women with a penicillin allergy label who were tested were not allergic and could tolerate penicillin during labor.

Introducing Egg Early to Infants May Decrease Chance of Egg Allergy

Allergists and pediatricians have recommended since 2017 that parents start to introduce peanut product around the time their child begins solid foods to prevent peanut allergy. A new study being presented at this year’s American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI) Annual Scientific Meeting reveals that early egg introduction is associated with decreased egg allergy.

Many Parents Don’t Know When to Introduce Peanut Early to Try to Prevent Allergy

In 2017, the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) released guidelines to help parents introduce peanut products to their infants to prevent peanut allergy. A new study being presented at this year’s American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI) Annual Scientific Meeting reveals that although 58% of those surveyed reported their primary care physician (PCP) discussed early peanut introduction, only 40% of the parents said they received a recommendation.

The Flu Vaccine Is Safe for People With an Egg Allergy

It is safe for ALL people (6 months and older) with an egg allergy to get a flu vaccine every year. This is true no matter how severe your egg allergy was in the past. This includes people who have had anaphylaxis (a severe allergic reaction) to egg. Five organizations recommend that people get the flu vaccine every year, even if they have an egg allergy. These organizations are: Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) American Academy...

Be Part of the Future of Food Allergy Treatment (Video)

Update for Oct. 1, 2021: Did you miss the live stream of the PFDD meeting on food allergy? You can watch the recording . You can still share your experiences living with and managing food allergy. Send in your comments by Oct. 9, 2021. We will include your comments in the upcoming food allergy “Voice of the Patient Report.” We will send this report to FDA representatives. By sharing your story, you can help influence the future of treatments for food allergies. SUBMIT YOUR COMMENTS The...

FDA Approves Clinical Trial for Peanut Allergy Treatment Using Nanoparticles

COUR Pharmaceuticals, a biotechnology company developing novel immune-modifying nanoparticles to treat immune disorders (CNPs), today announced the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has accepted the company's Investigational New Drug (IND) application for evaluation of COUR's CNP-201 in a proof-of-concept (Phase 1 / 2) study in people who are allergic to peanuts.

FDA Issues Statement on Steps They Will Take to Ensure COVID-19 Vaccines Are Safe and Effective for Young Children

As regulators, the FDA recognizes they have an important task ahead of them that will require them to act expeditiously while undertaking an extremely meticulous and thoughtful review once we receive requests to authorize a COVID-19 vaccine for emergency use or submissions for approval of a COVID-19 vaccine for this population.

Study Shows Children Who Took PALFORZIA® Peanut Allergy Treatment Daily for Two Years Could Tolerate Higher Doses of Peanut

Aimmune Therapeutics, Inc., a Nestlé Health Science company developing and commercializing pharmaceutical therapies to prevent, manage, and treat food and metabolic-related diseases, today announced the publication of a longitudinal analysis that explored the safety, efficacy and food allergy-related quality of life of long-term treatment with PALFORZIA® [Peanut (Arachis hypogaea) Allergen Powder-dnfp, previously known as investigational agent AR101] in patients with peanut allergy.

Facing Adulthood With Food Allergy: the Impact on Teens and Young Adults and Their Parents

Even if a child with a food allergy has had it all their life, each growth stage comes with its own concerns and challenges. In the “Spotlight: Transition to Adulthood,” we found that the period when a child moves into adulthood comes with a greater risk when food allergies are involved. It also causes a lot of anxiety for their parents.

Food Allergy Anaphylaxis in Infants and Toddlers (Video and Resources)

Update: If you missed the webinar, we added the video below. We also included some resources on additional information discussed in the webinar, as well as answers to several questions we received. Kids With Food Allergies (KFA) hosted a webinar on May 13, 2021, on the latest research on food allergy anaphylaxis in infants and toddlers. The webinar was presented by: Michael Pistiner, MD, MMSc, pediatric allergist at MassGeneral Hospital for Children in Boston, Massachusetts Melanie Carver,...

Astepro Nasal Antihistamine Spray Is Approved to Be Sold Without a Prescription

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved a nasal antihistamine for nonprescription use through a process called a partial prescription to nonprescription switch. The FDA approved Astepro (azelastine hydrochloride nasal spray, 0.15%) for seasonal and perennial allergic rhinitis—commonly known as allergies—for adults and children six years of age and older.

Parental Warning: Don’t Let Kids With a Shellfish Allergy Eat Cicadas

The Brood X cicadas are here. These are a type of insect that live underground and then emerge from the soil in every 17 years to mate. And there’s a lot of them. If you live anywhere from New York to Tennessee, you’ve probably seen them. Or you’re about to. To most kids (and a lot of adults), this sounds like something out of an action or science fiction movie. As much of the eastern half of the nation experiences this “swarmageddon,” the red-eyed critters are often hard for kids to resist...

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