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Fast facts about allergy and other immune diseases

Ten fast facts about allergy and other immune diseases

One

Allergy and other immune diseases (immunodeficiency and autoimmune diseases) are among the fastest growing chronic conditions in Australasia.

Two

Almost 20% of Australians and New Zealanders have an allergic disease and this prevalence is increasing.

Three

Hospital admissions for life threatening anaphylaxis (severe allergic reactions) have increased 4 fold in the last 20 years.

Four

Food-induced anaphylaxis has doubled in the last 10 years and 10% of infants now have an immediate food allergy.

Five

Immunodeficiency diseases are serious, potentially life threatening conditions that are increasing in number and complexity.

Six

Delay in diagnosis of immunodeficiency disease leads to poor health outcomes and premature death.

Seven

Autoimmune diseases affect 5% of Australians  and New Zealanders and are more common than cancer or heart disease.

Eight

There are over 100 different autoimmune diseases that affect Australians and New Zealanders, and lead to significant disability.

Nine

There is a lack of public awareness about the impact and appropriate management of allergy and immune diseases.

Ten

Access to care is difficult, even in metropolitan areas, due to the high number of patients and low number of appropriately trained health care professionals, resulting in long waiting times to see a specialist.

 

 

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