Allergologists: "90% of children mistreated"
SVT reported already in early summer that more people choose to get vaccinated, and in the summer issue has been discussed in several counties and several hospitals, but in a review we conducted, we found that the shortage of allergists in Sweden makes an allergy vaccine only a very small some allergy sufferers benefit.
Varying access to vaccination
Patients with itching and irritated eyes or nose can often be treated immediately at a clinic, but patients with severe allergic symptoms need to be evaluated by an allergist on allergy vaccination should be discussed.
On the national average, as many as 90% of children with severe allergy to airborne allergens are missing out on possibly getting allergy vaccination. Instead, the antihistamine treatment, nasal sprays and / or eye drops, medicines for many alleviate the symptoms but do nothing about the source of the allergic reaction.
Caroline Nilsson , Associate Professor South Hospital and chairman of the Swedish Association for Allergology
"Too many children are symptoms so severe that they can't go out, they get tired and can't concentrate in school. If the pollen season is so long that from February to September can mean incredible suffering and costs to society. "
Increased demand for vaccination
Treatment Vaccination against allergy is to accustom body on the allergenic substance, provided in the injection mold in small dose for 3-4 years.The treatment has been used for more than a century, and in many cases can lead to the patient being asymptomatic or having much milder symptoms.
But as an allergist must attend for vaccination and those under Caroline is very few, the allergy vaccination a treatment which according to her will benefit too few patients:
"We have long waiting lists and queues. The vaccination program can only start in the fall and winter of pollen and we do not have the resources to accommodate all patients would need allergy vaccination."
More allergists required
In Sweden, only 70 professionals are adult allergists, almost half of whom are 62 years and older.Even successors are few because the county council for a long time did not put aside money to places for ST-service in allergy for adults, children and adolescents.
Sweden allergists are also unevenly distributed in the country , some parts of Sweden have no allergist at all. Only 13 adult allergists are currently trained in Sweden, which Caroline says will have dire consequences if not a change of direction comes about:
"There are soon no time to train the next generation allergists. The county Council must clearly signal that everyone is entitled to an equitable allergy treatment, regardless of the region in which you live.We have tried to highlight this issue for many years now, but soon reached the breaking point. "
If Sweden's capacity for allergy vaccination will increase stands and falls with the county council's willingness to invest in the retraining of allergists . Only with a strong profession, We can and will prepare for tomorrow's demand for vaccination in children and adults with severe allergies.
Only with a strong profession, we can and prepare for tomorrow's demand for vaccination in children and adults with severe allergies. / strong. Only with a strong professional, we can and preparing for tomorrow ' s demand for vaccination in children and adults with severe allergies.