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October 10, 1980

Immunotherapy, Hay Fever, and Asthma

JAMA. 1980;244(15):1672-1673. doi:10.1001/jama.1980.03310150012008

To the Editor.—  I would like to voice my objection to the statement by Howard S. Rubenstein, MD (243:793, 1980), in the article "Allergists Who Alarm the Public" that some allergists tell their patients, "If you don't get allergy shots, your hay fever will turn into asthma" and that "good epidemiologic and clinical studies proved this... to be false." These statements will be refuted by the clinical experience of numerous allergists as well as that of myself; I have treated hundreds of hay fever patients over a period of more than 50 years and found that immunotherapy definitely prevents recurrence of the seasonal asthma, even if the hay fever may not be completely relieved, and lessens the possibility of their experiencing perennial asthma.1 This was also verified in my study to be reported soon,2 giving the results of ragweed immunotherapy in 105 patients, 20 of whom had seasonal