Grass Pollen Levels Overpower Ragweed Levels for Late September

Indianapolis Pollen Counts for the first day of fall 2016

Hard to believe that grass pollen is at a higher level than ragweed. The grass pollen counts have been low for most of September, however today the count was 12 grains of grass pollen per cubic meter of air sampled for the day. That puts grass in the moderate level.

Ragweed was low at 4 grains.

I am very grass pollen sensitive. Today was a sneezeorama! The grass pollen is probably from the ornamental grasses in the area. They still can generate a sneeze.

FEL 9/22/2016

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Indianapolis Pollen Counts for mid-September 2016

Once again, long overdue- Ragweed is out there. Over the past week the levels were mostly in the moderate range (10-49 as defined). This past weekend the ragweed count was low at 6 grains of ragweed pollen per cubic meter of air sampled for the day. The other weed counts were low with nettle and the chenopod weed species present. Of note, nettle has a very long pollenating season!

There have been low to moderate levels of grass pollen. I saw this last year as well. September is not the typical ‘grass’ pollen season in our area.

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Flu Vaccine and Egg Allergy Children 2016

There are two major organizations who have provided flu vaccine guidance; the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).

Thankfully, the recommendations have been very similar.

The AAP is child-focused and has the input from the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology (AAAAI) as well as the American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology (ACAAI). The CDC also has significant input into their recommendations and they are intended for all age groups. In our allergy clinics we abide by the AAP recommendations.

 

From the AAP

 

All children with egg allergy can receive influenza vaccine with no additional precautions from those of routine vaccinations.

 

The Joint Task Force on Practice Parameters, representing the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology and the American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology, states that special precautions regarding medical setting and waiting periods after the administration of IIV to egg-allergic recipients beyond those recommended for any vaccine are no longer warranted. Therefore, the algorithm used beginning in the 2011–2012 influenza season to guide vaccination precautions on the basis of the severity of the allergic reaction to eggs is not necessary.

 

The CDC statements (from the MMWR) regarding egg allergy are as follows;

 

 

  • Removal of the recommendation that egg allergic recipients should be observed for 30 minutes post vaccination for signs and symptoms of an allergic reaction.  Providers should consider observing all patients for 15 minutes after vaccination to decrease the risk for injury should they experience syncope, per the ACIP General Recommendations on Immunization.
  • A recommendation that persons with a history of severe allergic reaction to egg (ie., any symptom other than hives) should be vaccinated in an inpatient or outpatient medical setting (including, but not necessarily limited to hospitals, clinics, health departments, and physician offices), under the supervision of a health care provider who is able to recognize and manage severe allergic conditions.The egg-allergic population is at no increased risk of a severe reaction to the flu vaccine due to egg content and as with all vaccine policies, flu vaccines should be given in environments that are equipped to handle severe allergic reactions.

The egg-allergic population is at no increased risk of a severe reaction to the flu vaccine due to egg content and as with all vaccine policies, flu vaccines should be given in environments that are equipped to handle severe allergic reactions.

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Indianapolis Pollen Counts September 1-7, 2016

Ragweed counts have been up elevated for the past week.

September started with high counts for the first two days, followed by moderate counts for three days, and recently two days in a row of high counts. On Thursday (9/1/2016)we had the highest count so far at 251 and the past two days we have had 177 (Tuesday) and 208 (Wednesday).

The other weeds have been in the low to moderate level. More of the chenopods seen especially today.

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Indianapolis Pollen Counts August 26-29, 2016

Moderate and high ragweed counts for the past four days- just high, not very high. Very high counts are more than 500.

August 26, 2016 (Friday) – 82 high

August 27, 2016 (Saturday) – 59 high

August 28, 2016 (Sunday) – 45 moderate

August 29, 2016 (Monday) – 140 high

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Indianapolis Pollen Counts for Thursday August 25, 2016

The total weed count was high at 166. Ragweed made up 156 of this total. The other weeds were nettle and chenopods.

August 25, 2016

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Indianapolis Pollen Counts for Wednesday August 24th, 2016

Ragweed makes up most of the pollen count for today (and for most days). The total weed count was 61 which included ragweed, chenopods, and nettle. The ragweed contribution to the 61 is a count of 59 grains of ragweed pollen per cubic meter of air sampled for the day.

At 59, the count is high. Last year on this day we had a count of over 400.

August 24, 2016

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Indianapolis Pollen Counts for Tuesday August 23, 2016

The total weed count was high at 100 grains of weed pollen per cubic meter of air sampled for the day. Ragweed again is the predominant weed. The ragweed count was high at 89. The other weeds were at a moderate level of 11. These weeds were nettle and chenopods.

August 23, 2016

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Indianapolis Pollen Counts for Monday August 22, 2016

The newspaper today said ‘very high’ for pollen counts today. I saw total weed levels barely into the high range at 55 (high is 50-499). Ragweed was moderate at 43 and the other weeds were also moderate at 12 grains of pollen per cubic meter of air sampled. Those other weeds were plantain, nettle, and the chenopods.

August 22, 2016

 

 

 

 

 

For those not familiar with ragweed-

 

Giant ragweed- these plants in yard are over 10 feet tall-not the fence post in the foreground- that is about 4 feet tall

 

Giant Ragweed 2016

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Below is short ragweed. About 1-2 feet tall.

 

Short Ragweed 2016

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Indianapolis Pollen Counts August 17-21st, 2016

The past 5 days have had 4 in the high range for ragweed.

8/17 = 72

8/18 = 41

8/19 = 153

8/20 = 72

8/21 = 159

The other weeds- plantain, chenopods, and nettle were present, but in low numbers.

August 21, 2016

 

 

 

 

 

 

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