Can I continue my allergy shots during the COVID-19 pandemic?

Some parents have been concerned whether they should continue their allergy shots (i.e allergen immunotherapy for hayfever and/or asthma) during the COVID-19 pandemic. Below is some information that may help, but remember it is very important speak to your Allergist if your are concerned. Will the immunotherapy shots increase my child’s chance of developing COVID-19?[…]

Influenza vaccine in egg allergic individuals – is it safe?

Influenza vaccines are now available, and I encourage everyone to get their shot, particularly in the current climate. Influenza is very contagious, with the peak number of cases in Australia usually occurring between July to September (see the graph below). Influenza can be particularly serious for babies, pregnant women, the elderly and those with chronic[…]

FPIES is associated with activation of the innate immune system

Our findings on the mechanism underpinning acute FPIES reactions was published today in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology (https://www.jacionline.org/article/S0091-6749(19)30605-0/abstract). We foundĀ  in children having an acute FPIES reaction, there was activation of the innate immune system (this is the part of the immune system normally provides us with rapid defense against pathogens; but[…]