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Welcome to the Allergy Advocacy Association website.  We are here to help better serve any individuals concerned with issues relating to allergies and anaphylaxis.

NYS Announces Syringe Epinephrine Kit Program

Epi Safe Syringe

We are pleased to report the Check and Inject Syringe Epinephrine Kit (SEK) program for emergency medical service personnel has been officially announced. You may recall last month’s article where we described a new pilot program in which many emergency medical services will be using Syringe Epi Kits....

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Allergies come in all shapes and sizes ...

Just like allergy sufferers. And they are on the rise. For many people allergies can range from sniffling and sneezing to skin rashes to gastrointestinal issues. A certain percentage, however, have more than these uncomfortable symptoms to deal with. Anaphylaxis, a serious life-threatening reaction, causes approximately 1,500 deaths a year in the United States alone. Clearly, allergies are nothing to sneeze at!

Articles for Advocacy

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January Update for the Emergency Allergy Treatment Act

By Jon Terry
January 15th, 2016

Greetings from Jon Terry, the founder of the Allergy Advocacy Association. Concerning anaphylaxis, life-threatening allergies and epinephrine, reports from Albany suggest that the Emergency Allergy Treatment Act will be resubmitted to the New York State legislature early in 2016.

EATA authorizes the certification of persons to administer lifesaving treatment to individuals who have severe allergic reactions when a physician is not available and allows an authorized entity to acquire and stock a supply of epinephrine auto-injectors with a prescription. Authorized entities include restaurants, recreation camps, youth sports leagues, theme parks and resorts, entertainment venues and sports arenas.

Read the article here.

Shelly LeGere greets classmates of her late daughter Annie alongside a photo of her at a prom-like memorial Dec. 12, 2015
Shelly LeGere greets classmates of her late daughter Annie alongside a photo of her at a prom-like memorial Dec. 12, 2015, at Wilder Mansion in Elmhurst. Annie’s allergy-related death in August spurred her mother to press for wide availability of lifesaving epinephrine auto-injectors in public spaces. (James C. Svehla / Chicago Tribune)

Elmhurst, ILL mom pushes EpiPen availability after teen daughter's allergy death

By Vikki Ortiz Healy
Chicago Tribune
January 5th, 2016

On the day of her 13-year-old daughter's funeral, Shelly LeGere knew she couldn't spend the rest of her life going over the agonizing moments before her daughter died.

The way Annie called at midnight from a sleepover at a friend's house in August, saying she was having trouble breathing and wanted to come home. The way the Elmhurst mother hurried out the door, still in her pajamas, with a bottle of Benadryl in case Annie's mild seasonal allergies were giving her trouble. The way the mother arrived within minutes — to find her daughter unconscious and barely breathing on her friend's kitchen floor.

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Teacher Discussing Allergies

10 Teachers Share How They Really Feel About Your Kids' Allergies

By Chaunie Brusie
January 13th, 2016

I live a life surrounded by teachers.

My mom, my aunt, several of my cousins, and my husband — all teachers. So aside from the fact that I have a handy phone-a-friend-for-math-help, I’ve also been privy to all the very real struggles and issues that teachers face.

Teachers, to me, are heroes. They don’t make a lot of money, they genuinely care about other people’s kids, and the level of stress that they face on a daily basis would be enough to send anyone home crying. The workload that teachers deal with is a lot, and when you add in IEPs, special needs, and other accommodations, it can be hard to keep it all straight.

Read the article here.

Upcoming Events

Feb. 15, 2016 - GREATER BUFFALO FOOD ALLERGY ALLIANCE

GBFAA support group meeting
Cleveland Hill Fire Hall
440 Cleveland Dr.
Buffalo, NY 14225
Monday, February 15th 7pm-9pm

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