Introducing peanut early to help prevent peanut allergy

  In January 2017, food allergy experts released updated guidelines recommending most infants be exposed to peanut proteins starting around 6 months of age. Emerging research suggests peanut exposure starting at an early age may help reduce the risk of developing a peanut allergy. The new guidelines place ...

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Nasal spray flu vaccine (FluMist) not recommended for the 2016/2017 influenza season

9/14/16 There's disappointing news for patients who prefer the nasal spray influenza vaccine (FluMist). The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) voted that the live attenuated influenza vaccine (LAIV), also known as the nasal spray flu vaccine (FluMist), ...

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Can patients with egg allergy get the flu shot?

Question:   Is the flu shot safe if I have an egg allergy? Answer:     The seasonal influenza vaccine is probably safe for patients with egg allergy.   It’s fall already, and the seasonal influenza vaccine (“flu shot”) is available.  Until recently, health care providers have been cautious about ...

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Emergency Epinephrine in Washington State Schools

On April 16, ESB 5104 passed unanimously in the House of Representatives. On April 23, the bill passed unanimously in the Senate. On May 16, 2013, Governor Inslee signed the bill into law during a ceremony at his office in Olympia.   Here is a re-cap of the bill’s history: On January 16, 2013, ...

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A new test for patients with peanut allergy

A new test is now available that can help tell us which patients are at risk for severe peanut allergy.  Results from this test may help allergists “undiagnose” some children’s peanut allergies. The current methods of peanut allergy testing (both skin and blood tests) detect allergic antibodies to whole ...

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  • About the author Kevin Dooms MD

    A Washington native, Dr. Dooms grew up in Centralia, and completed his undergraduate studies at Western Washington University in Bellingham. He attended medical school at the University ...