Can COVID mRNA vaccines be given to children with asthma, eczema, hayfever, food or insect allergies?

There have been a number of enquiries from parents as to whether children with asthma, eczema, hayfever, and/or food/insect allergies can have the mRNA COVID vaccines (Pfizer for children 5 years+; Moderna for children 12 years+). The Australasian Society of Allergy and Immunology have  a great question and answer web-link to address concerns parents may[…]

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 ( We found  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[…]

FPIES is often mistaken for sepsis or gastroenteritis – but there are distinguishing features.

We recently published a study on FPIES in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology in Practice ( This was conducted at the Children’s Hospital Westmead, Sydney, and we compared the clinical and laboratory features of FPIES with two conditions it is frequently misdiagnosed as – sepsis and gastroenteritis. The main findings were infants with[…]