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Cat Get Under Your Skin? New Vaccine Blocks Allergic Reactions

December 26, 1996|From Times staff reports

A new type of cat allergy vaccine can block allergic reactions to cats faster and with far fewer shots than conventional therapy, according to Johns Hopkins University researchers. The treatment requires four weekly shots; conventional treatments require an initial series of at least 25 injections over a three-month period, followed by booster shots every two weeks, sometimes for years.

Dr. Philip S. Norman and his colleagues reported in the December issue of the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine that those who received the vaccine had significantly reduced sneezing, itching, watery eyes and inflammation.

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