successful vaccinations?

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Hi, I'm a new arrival on this list. I'm the father of a 4 year old with PA and I'm glad to discover this source of information.

My questions is:

Just yesterday I happened to learn that an acquaintance of mine was diagnosed with PA as a child. He's in his mid-20s now. He told me that he has been getting vaccine shots for years and that he is now confident that he is no longer in danger of having a fatal reaction. He started with weekly injections and now does monthly ones. He says that whenever he has one his skin ballons up at the spot where he had the injection but that othewise he is fine.

This was quite amazing to my wife and I as we'd never heard of anything like this. Can anyone out there comment on this story or corroborate it? I intend to find out more next time I see the person in question but in the meantime I thought someone here might know more.

Thanks John

On Nov 7, 2000

John, As far as I know, there are no approved immunization therapies for peanut allergy. However, there are, I believe, at least two research studies going on at the present time. Perhaps he is part of one of those studies?

On Nov 7, 2000

I attended a talk last night given by Dr. Michael Young, an allergist from Children's Hospital in Boston. Dr. Young mentioned that immunotherapy, like that given to people who are allergic to bees, may be moderatley successful but because there is a great risk that the patient will suffer an anaphylactic episode from the treatments, the therapy is not used. Dr. Young did mention that he feels a safe vaccine will be out within 5 years. Lets all keep our fingers crossed!

On Nov 7, 2000

Gosh, 5 years would be great! My allergist told me 15 years. This would be a wonderful improvement on the timeline.

On Nov 11, 2000

Hi, I am the Mom of a 2 1/2 son with PA. I have never heard of the shots either. Would love to hear more about it if you find out any information.

On Nov 13, 2000

I've never heard of those vaccinations either.

On Nov 13, 2000

Nor me. My Doctor here in the UK said there was nothing available. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/frown.gif[/img]

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