E-Greetings from the Allergy Advocacy Association

September 2021 e-news Issue

Fall means foliage, football and in the case of Allergy Advocacy Action Awards, fun. The fun will be supplied by world renowned magician Alan Hudson who will bring his virtual magic shows online to our Action Awards. More about the Action Awards and Alan Hudson can be found in this issue of our e-news. You will also be able to learn about whether the flu vaccine is safe for people with egg allergies and read a Q&A about oral immunotherapy (OIT) as a means to treat allergies. Friendly epinephrine? In this issue you will meet Neffy, ARS Pharma’s nasal epinephrine awaiting FDA approval.

Action Awards Celebration

Our annual event will be held WEDNESDAY, October 20th at 7pm VIRTUALLY via our website.

This year we will honor Kirsi Jarvinen-Seppo MD, director of the Center for Food Allergy at Golisano Children’s Hospital and Maya Konoff, a college activist advocate with food allergies in downstate New York.

Both Kirsi and Maya have performed exemplary acts of service aiding individuals at risk for anaphylaxis.

So stay tuned for more information. We hope you will be able to join us for a fun-filled evening celebration honoring our award winners.

Epi Near You NY

FREE is always the BEST price! You can have Anaphylaxis Emergency Training direct from the internet into your home or office at NO COST to you or your organization!

Our Epi Near You NY anaphylaxis emergency training program is now VIRTUAL!

Our association would help provide:

  • Free state approved training presentation
  • New York State recognized certification
  • Assistance for public entities to obtain a non-patient specific prescription for emergency epinephrine

For more information on our next scheduled ENYNY seminar, visit our ENYNY page.

Best wishes to all our readers from everyone at the Allergy Advocacy Association!

Magician Alan Hudson Headlines Action Awards Virtual Celebration

Magician Alan Hudson Headlines Action Awards Virtual Celebration

“Pick a card, any card”

A talented magician amazes their audience by performing feats that leave them asking “how did they do that?” Now, imagine a magician that leaves the audience amazed, while he interacts with them virtually. They’re astonished, looking at their computer screens, all the while still asking “how did they do that?” That talented magician, in fact he’s been on Britain’s Got Talent, is Alan Hudson. World renowned, one of the UK’s top professional magicians. Alan will bring his many talents to our annual Allergy Action Awards Virtual Awards on October 20th.

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September 20th, 2021

Regarding our annual Action Awards Celebration, the Allergy Advocacy Association is delighted to present magician and comedian Alan Hudson as our special guest entertainer for the evening. He will be appearing on our virtual ZOOM broadcast on Wednesday, October 20th at 7pm.

Alan Hudson is one of the UK’s top professional magicians specializing in virtual magic shows online, close up magic and stand-up comedy magic.

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Q & A: Which Patients with Food Allergy Are Candidates for Oral Immunotherapy?

Q&A: Which Patients with Food Allergy Are Candidates for Oral Immunotherapy?

If you have a food allergy, how do you handle it? For some it requires developing strategies to avoid potentially life threatening allergens. By working with an allergist, an oral immunotherapy plan (OIT) should be developed. What is an OIT? Does it work for my allergy? Am I a good candidate for OIT? The answer to these and other questions can be found in a Q&A with Douglas H. Jones, MD, cofounder of Global Food Therapy, co-founder and president of Food Allergy Support Team and director of Rocky Mountain Allergy at Tanner Clinic.

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By Richard Gawel
By Douglas H. Jones, MD
September 09, 2021

Patients with food allergies can avoid items that may be dangerous — or they can work with an allergist to develop an oral immunotherapy plan that would enable them to safely consume and enjoy previously dangerous foods.

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Douglas H. Jones

Douglas H. Jones, MD, cofounder of Global Food Therapy, cofounder and president of Food Allergy Support Team and director of Rocky Mountain Allergy at Tanner Clinic, discussed factors to consider when determining if a patient with food allergies is a candidate for oral immunotherapy (OIT) during a presentation at Allergy & Asthma Network’s Global Food Allergy Summit. Healio spoke with Jones to find out more.

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Flu Vaccine for People with Egg Allergy

Flu Vaccine for People with Egg Allergy

Having a food allergy means that you’re constantly monitoring not just what you eat but other ways you might come into contact with your allergen. Food preparation, cross contamination, and for people with an egg allergy that includes the flu vaccine. The flu vaccine does contain a small egg protein, so what does that mean if you're allergic to eggs? Is the vaccine safe for you?

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Summary:

CDC and its Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices have not changed their recommendations regarding egg allergy and receipt of influenza (flu) vaccines. The recommendations remain the same as those recommended for the 2018-2019 season. Based on those recommendations, people with egg allergies no longer need to be observed for an allergic reaction for 30 minutes after receiving a flu vaccine. People with a history of egg allergy of any severity should receive any licensed, recommended, and age-appropriate influenza vaccine. Those who have a history of severe allergic reaction to egg (i.e., any symptom other than hives) should be vaccinated in an inpatient or outpatient medical setting (including but not necessarily limited to hospitals, clinics, health departments, and physician offices), under the supervision of a health care provider who is able to recognize and manage severe allergic conditions.

Most flu shots and the nasal spray flu vaccine are manufactured using egg-based technology. Because of this, they contain a small amount of egg proteins, such as ovalbumin. However, studies that have examined the use of both the nasal spray vaccine and flu shots in egg-allergic and non-egg-allergic patients indicate that severe allergic reactions in people with egg allergies are unlikely. A recent CDC study found the rate of anaphylaxis after all vaccines is 1.31 per one million vaccine doses given.

For the 2020-2021 flu season, there are two vaccines licensed for use that are manufactured without the use of eggs and are considered egg-free:

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Meet Neffy, the Friendly Epinephrine Nasal Spray from ARS Pharma Awaiting FDA Approval

Meet Neffy, the Friendly Epinephrine Nasal Spray from ARS Pharma Awaiting FDA Approval

Having a life threatening allergy is scary. That was the advertising approach taken in 2016 by Epi-Pen maker Mylan with their “Face Your Risk” awareness campaign. ARS Pharma is taking a different approach with their epinephrine nasal spray, going for a friendly approach and the first step in that is naming of the spray, Neffy.

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by Beth Snyder Bulik
Sep 3, 2021

Friendly epinephrine? Meet Neffy, ARS Pharmaceuticals’ nasal spray epinephrine to treat severe allergic reactions to food, medicines and insect bites.

Neffy, now awaiting FDA approval, aims to flip the script on past epinephrine autoinjector marketing that focused on fear around the severe reactions called anaphylaxis. Anaphylaxis is indeed scary—hives, extreme swelling, breathing difficulties, loss of consciousness and even death can happen quickly.

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