Allergic to cats? A new vaccine could help

There may be new hope for people who love cats but get all sniffly and sneezy whenever they’re around.

Scientists in Zurich say they’ve developed a vaccine to help people who are allergic to cats. Fortunately for the people (but not so much for the cats), the vaccine is given to cats and not the people who have the allergies.

Cat allergies are usually caused by the protein Fel d 1, which is found in a cat’s skin, saliva and urine, reports Smithsonian. When a cat cleans itself by licking its fur, the saliva is then chock full of the protein. It dries on the cat’s fur and soon becomes airborne. About 10% of people are allergic to pets. But because of this unique protein, cat allergies are twice as common as dog allergies, according to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America.

 

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