April 7 - 13 2019 is World Allergy Week


This international initiative is designed to raise awareness of the allergic disease and the global problem of food allergy. During World allergy week ASCIA (Australasian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy) and A&AA (Allergy & Anaphylaxis Australia), working together with other stakeholders are hoping to highlight the work being done in the area of food allergy on a national front including the National Allergy Strategy which is being supported by funding from the Federal Government.
Internationally food allergy incidence sits at 2.5% of the general population living with food allergy, and the condition is even more prevalent in children. Australia is widely recognised as having the highest incidence of food allergy in children (around 5-10 %) and the rate of hospitalisations due to severe food-related anaphylaxis has increased significantly.
With that in mind, it’s a great opportunity to support to work being done in this field and wear a red spot to raise awareness of this disease.