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Allergy Shots are Vaccines?

Posted: 7/17/2017 12:03:05 PM | with 2 comments


allergy shots are vaccines?

Allergy immunotherapy, or “allergy shots”, have been described as “vaccines for allergic diseases”. The allergy shot contains enough allergen to stimulate the immune system and build tolerance without causing a full-blown allergic reaction.

The process is similar to that of vaccines, only vaccination focuses on stimulating a mild immune response to an infection-causing antigen such as a bacteria or virus.

Side effects associated with allergy shots can be mild or severe, and may even include loss of consciousness or death. Like vaccines, allergy shots contain antimicrobial and preservative ingredients like glycerol or phenol, stabilizers like human serum albumin, and adjuvants such as aluminum. Allergy shots are given more frequently than vaccines—often weekly or monthly—and there is little data on the cumulative effect of aluminum and other ingredients in terms of safety and long-term health effects. 

More than 50 million Americans have allergies, and they are the sixth leading cause of chronic illness in the US. Allergy is on the rise, and there seems to be no urgency to discover whether allergy shots are as safe as claimed. 

Read the full article, Allergy Shots are Vaccines? in NVIC’s online newspaper The Vaccine Reaction.

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Posted: 7/17/2017 12:03:05 PM | with 2 comments


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