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Vaccine pills for birch pollen

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Vaccine pills for birch pollen allergy become available.

Up to now, vaccine against birch pollen allergy has been given as injections, administered by doctors. This has been cumbersome and time-consuming. In the beginning of the treatment, the patient has to get three injections every week, with long waiting times between each shot.

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In June 2019, 17 European countries approved Itulazax from ALK, a new vaccine for birch pollen allergy that will be taken as pills. Obviously, this will be much more practical for the patients and lower the cost of administer the treatment.

Itulazax became available in Germany and Scandinavia in September 2019. So far, sufficient testing have only been carried out for adults and the medicament will only be available for people over 18 years old.

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