Experiencing a severe allergic reaction can be quite traumatic, leaving the individual feeling helpless and anxious about facing the outdoors and the possibility of another insect sting. However, there is a treatment option available to help patients take control of their stinging insect allergies. Venom Immunotherapy (VIT) is a vaccination program that has been found to reduce the risk of systemic reaction in stinging insect allergic patients with an effectiveness of 95 to 97%.1,2
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1 Valentine MD. Anaphylaxis and stinging insect hypersensitivity. JAMA. 1992; 268:2830-2833.
2 Valentine MD, Schuberth KC, Kagey-Sobotka A, Graft DF, Kwiterovich KA, Szklo M, et al. The value of immunotherapy with venom in children with allergy to insect stings. N Engl J Med. 1990; 323:1601-3.