Top Allergist and Immunologist: "Get Vaccinated!"

As corona virus vaccines start becoming more available, getting everyone vaccinated is of vital importance. In our interview with Dr. James Baker, the former CEO and CMO of Food Allergy Research and Education (FARE), Dr. Baker addresses many concerns within the allergy community. Reporter Kristen Steward and the doctor discuss the effectiveness, safety AND necessity of everyone being vaccinated.

Top Allergist and Immunologist: "Get Vaccinated!"

Dr. James Baker, MD

By Kristen Stewart
February 20th, 2021

Looking at his bio it sure looks like Dr. James Baker has done it all. He has worked in the government and academia, in small pharma and big pharma. He also spent five years as the CEO and CMO of Food Allergy Research and Education (FARE). Yet when I told him he'd done an amazing amount of work he modestly answered, "I guess that’s how it appears when you get old."

This same combination of humility and sense of humor is apparent in his brief self-description at the bottom of his posts on Pandemic Pondering: A Daily Blog, the website he began when COVID-19 hit last March — immunologist, former Army MD, former head of allergy and clinical immunology at University of Michigan, vaccine developer and opinionated guy. It takes navigating to the site's About page to find out he has published more than 300 peer-reviewed publications, is an inventor on 50 patents, has founded four companies and had many other accomplishments that are too numerous to list.

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New Study Examines Allergic Reactions to Sunflowers

A new study being presented at the 2021 AAAAI Virtual Annual Meeting, taking place February 26 – March 1, examines the clinical and immunologic features of patients who have sensitivity to sunflower seeds.

New Study Examines Allergic Reactions to Sunflowers

Picture of Sunflower Seeds

MILWAUKEE (PRWEB)
February 08, 2021

A new case series looking at patients who have positive sunflower seed-specific IgE will be introduced during the 2021 American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (AAAAI) Virtual Annual Meeting. While the abstract of this research was included in an online supplement to The Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology that was published February 1, the full poster (#299) will be presented at the 2021 AAAAI Virtual Annual Meeting.

The retrospective case series examined 117 adult patients sensitive to sunflower seeds. These patients underwent skin tests and detection of specific IgE. At times, oral food challenges were also recommended and performed. A total of 28 patients were recognized to have a clinical allergy to sunflower seed, amounting to 24% of those included in the study. Most of those also had a history of atopic disease and reactions to nuts and Rosaceae fruit. Fourteen patients (50%) suffered anaphylaxis, with all of those reactions graded as moderate save one. Of those suffering from anaphylaxis, 71% needed to go to the emergency department.

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FDA Extends Comment Period on Sesame Labeling

In November 2020 the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued its draft guidance regarding the voluntary disclosure of sesame as an allergen. The deadline for comments has now been extended to February 25, 2021. This 45 day extension gives the allergy advocacy community another opportunity to provide critical input on this important issue. Comments need to be sent prior to the deadline to ensure that the FDA can evaluate them prior to their starting work on the final guidance.

FDA Extends Comment Period on Sesame Labeling

U.S. FOOD & DRUG Administration logo

By Staff of www.foodsafetymagazine.com
January 4th, 2021

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced that it is extending the comment period on its draft guidance regarding voluntary disclosure of sesame as an allergen to February 25, 2021, an extension of 45 days. Comments should be submitted before February 25, 2021 to ensure that FDA considers them before beginning work on the final guidance.

Comments on the draft voluntary sesame labeling guidance should be submitted to http://www.regulations.gov.

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CDC Publishes Study on Allergic Reactions to COVID-19 Vaccine

Throughout 2020 the corona virus pandemic has been global in its impact. The arrival of a COVID-19 Vaccine has brought relief, hope and questions. Is the vaccine safe? In a very few cases individuals that received the vaccine had an anaphylactic reaction. Were these cases isolated incidents? Were there other types of reactions? Did these individuals have a history of anaphylactic reactions? The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recently published a study of anaphylactic reactions that occurred during December 14–23, 2020 showing that such reactions are exceedingly rare.

CDC Publishes Study on Allergic Reactions to COVID-19 Vaccine

SARS-CoV-2 Vaccine Bottles

By Dave Bloom
2021/01/07

Important note:This article is intended for those who understand vaccines as critical to maintaining their health and that of their families. It is NOT intended for those who are anti-vaccine and as such is NOT intended to foster a discussion on the merits of vaccines in this forum. It is also NOT intended to foster a discussion of the lethality of COVID-19 or the need for civic action to limit the spread of the disease.

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Overflowing thanksgiving; glorious gratitude!

As we wind up yet another year, it’s a good time to sit back and reflect on what has been accomplished in 2020. Of course nothing would have been possible without the hard work and support we receive every day from so many in our community. Here’s our founder Jon Terry’s list of people and organizations that have been especially helpful this past year in reaching our ongoing vision of "Not another life lost to anaphylaxis - not another life lost ANY life-threatening allergies!"

“Overflowing thanksgiving; glorious gratitude!”*

Allergy Advocacy Association staff in zoom call

By Jon Terry
December 17th, 2020

Greetings. At this time of an international health crisis, when all of us are confronting so many challenges and difficulties, I sincerely hope you and your families are safe and healthy.

Usually, my end of year letter is focused upon gratitude and thanksgiving, a list of items I felt fortunate to have participated in or achieved thru our program of awareness alertness and action.

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