In 1969 and 1970, groups of patients with ragweed hay fever never before treated were started on preseasonal courses of immunization with an alum precipitate of aqueous ragweed extract. A comparison between these two groups of patients and a similar group of patients treated with unprecipitated aqueous extract in 1968 shows that treatment with alum precipitate was safely initiated with fewer injections even though a higher dose was administered. The larger cumulative dose appeared to give better IgG antibody responses and greater relief of symptoms. A repeat preseasonal course the next year again required fewer injections of the alum-precipitated extract than a repeat course of aqueous extract.
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- Immunology and Allergy