It has been estimated that potentially life-threatening allergic reactions to insect venom occur in 0.4% to 0.8% of children and 3% of adults. Insect sting reactions account for at least 40 deaths each year in the United States.
50 million Americans suffer from allergies each year with an annual cost in excess of $18 billion.
As many as 15 million people have food allergies. An estimated 9 million (or 4%) of adults have food allergies.
Nearly 6 million (or 8%) of children have food allergies, with young children affected the most.
Allergic disease, including asthma, is the 5th leading chronic disease in the US in people of all ages. It is the 3rd most common chronic disease in children under 18 years old.
In 2012, 17.6 million adults and 6.6 million children had hay fever.
In 2012, 8.8 million children had skin allergies. Children age 0-4 are most likely to have skin allergies.
Food allergies among children increased approximately 50% between 1997 & 2011.
The economic cost of children’s food allergies is nearly $25 billion per year.
Bad drug reactions may affect 10% of the world’s population. These reactions affect up to 20% of all hospital patients.
Every 3 minutes, a food allergy reaction sends someone to the emergency room. That is about 200,000 emergency visits per year. Every 6 minutes, the reaction is one of anaphylaxis.
Approximately 20-25% of epinephrine administrations in schools involve individuals whose allergy was unknown at the time of the reaction.