of the allergyvigilance network
number of allergic diseases is constantly increasing. The risk
of severe accidents is evident. Their frequency remains yet
unknown and epidemiological evaluations seem necessary.
concept of allergyvigilance takes into account not only food,
but also medecines and any kinds of new allergens.
allergists’place seems quite essential, as well to give
precisions on epidemiological datas as to survey the allergic
risk of food or medecines recently put on the market.
network gathers liberal and hospital allergists. The cooptation
only depends on the members’voluntary service. The communication
is set up by e-mails. Some members are connected by fax. To
become a member, you only have to make the request at the following
e-mail address : firstname.lastname@example.org.
The fax is the following one : 03 83 85 28 64.
january 1st, 2008, the network includes 409 members.
coordinating center is the :
of Medecine Interne, Immunologie Clinique et Allergologie
Avenue du Maréchal de Lattre de Tassigny
54035 NANCY Cedex – France
L. Parisot is the coordinating analyst and the referent allergists are
Prs D.A. Moneret-Vautrin and G. Kanny, Drs Jacques Gayraud, Marie
Françoise Fardeau, Jean Philippe Meyer, Ambroise Martin, Etienne
Beaudouin, Jenny Flabbee, Martine Morisset.
of the allergy-vigilance network :
The network has three main objectives, the two first
ones aiming people’s
health and the third one referring to food safety.
first aim is the declaration, at any time, of lethal or pre-lethal
cases of allergy : that concerns cases whose life has been
maintained only by intensive care.
second objective aims to get precise data on the prevalence
of allergy cases in both paediatric and adult populations,
these cases of allergy being either severe, ordinary or provoked
by a specific kind of food. Precise data may also be looked
for in clinical descriptions either unproperly known or difficult
to identify till now.
third objective aims to permanently evaluate the allergic risk
of new kinds of food. It will therefore be reliant on information
given above by the Agence Française de Sécurité Sanitaire
des Aliments. This evaluation will profit of the observation
of the frequency of eating these kinds of food and the screening
of allergic accidents related to these new kinds of food. It
will largely contribute to knowledge by a systematic search
of cross-sensitization between the new ingredient and environnemtal
vegetable and animal allergens.
of running :
The retrospective analyses of medical activity include numerous means.
Therefore, the network uses to function according to the principle of
prospective surveys prepared by coordinators. They are quite willingly
short in time in order to constantly be aware of and careful about the
problem. The questions are asked at the 1st day of the month and the
answers are requested for the 30th of the month.
treating all the results, they will be communicated by e-mail
or by fax to the network members. The data will be edited in
Alim’Inter, and later on they will be available on line.
further information, contact : Pr D.A. Moneret-Vautrin, coordinator
of the network, Service de Médecine Interne, Immunologie
Clinique et Allergologie, Hôpital Central, Avenue du
Maréchal de Lattre de Tassigny, 54035 NANCY Cedex,
e-mail : email@example.com
from the Allergy Vigilance Network : 139 cases of
severe food anaphylaxis registered in 2007