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Australian Allergy, Asthma and Immunology Information

First published February 2000. Updated 6 May 2020

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April 2020: IMPORTANT NOTICE ABOUT COVID-19/ Coronavirus infection and social distancing

In order to minimise the risk of transmission of ANY infectious disease and protect our staff and other patients, we ask all patients and carers to cooperate with the following measures:


IF YOU ARE SICK

If you have a fever, flu-like symptoms or respiratory illness, DO NOT ENTER our rooms.

Postpone your appointment until you are well. Our wait list is not too long if you do so.


ONE PATIENT, ONE SUPPORT PERSON ONLY

We need to minimise the number of people in our rooms at any one time. Please do not bring the extended family. If you are an adult patient, please come alone. Only bring an essential support person. Don’t bring the children. If a child is the patient, bring that child alone and one parent/carer only.


We have reduced the number of waiting room chairs in our rooms and spaced these further apart. If lots of people from the same family arrive, the extras will be asked to leave and wait in their car, NOT in our waiting room. We have also removed play toys and magazines from the waiting area and increased cleaning.


6 May 2020: We are open. We are using TeleHealth for selected rural patients living outside of Canberra. We are trying to reduce the need for face to face consultations, and have moved many of our followup visits (local and country areas) to telephone reviews where possible.


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4 April 2020. Get the Flu shot in 2020! All Australians are being urged to have the Influenza vaccination this year. The influenza vaccine will not, however, prevent Covid-19 infection. Notification and hospitalisation rates related to influenza infection are highest in children aged 0-5 years (the age group most affected by egg allergy 3, 4) and in adults aged 70+ years www.health.gov.au/flureport. It is important to note that being allergic to egg does NOT increase the risk of having an allergic reaction to the influenza vaccine and is NOT a reason to avoid the influenza vaccination. The risk of a significant allergic reaction to the vaccine is estimated as 1 case per 1.35 million doses. By contrast, there is a real risk from having influenza. In 2007 there were 2,623 deaths with influenza and pneumonia as the underlying cause of death in Australia. In 2007, influenza and pneumonia was the 13th leading cause of death in Australia (2). Laboratory confirmed influenza resulted in 3 deaths in otherwise healthy preschool children in Western Australia in 2007. In other words, get vaccinated! Want more information? Have a look at the ASCIA 2017 extensive literature review and guidelines. https://www.allergy.org.au/hp/papers/vaccination-of-the-egg-allergic-individual and the 2019 updated recommendations https://www.allergy.org.au/patients/food-allergy/egg-allergy-flu-vaccine 


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DECISIONS ON CONTINUING IMMUNOTHERAPY INJECTIONS IN 2020

In the context of the spread of COVID-19/CORONAVIRUS in our community in 2020, there is a sensible desire to keep doctors waiting rooms as empty as possible to reduce the risk of transmitting infection.  In those who have completed 2-3 years of injectable immunotherapy treatment, I would suggest you could STOP. Updated information on immunotherapy can be found here. Given that 2020 is predicted to be a wet year, that is likely to translate into a high pollen load and bad hay fever season later in the year. If medication is not effective and you get bad pollen hay fever or asthma, you are best to NOT delay decisions regarding immunotherapy.