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
One Student’s Death Was a Belated “Wake-Up Call”
How Chicago Public Schools Got Emergency Supplies of Epinephrine Into Every One of Its Buildings
By Katy Smyser, Phil Rogers and Rich Moy
Tuesday, March 7th, 2017
For many children, the first time they suffer a severe allergic reaction to a food is when they’re in school. Chicago-area public schools can keep extra supplies of epinephrine auto-injectors on hand for just these types of emergencies, but NBC5 Investigates has discovered that a surprising number do not.
Anaphylactic Events in Schools More Common in Classrooms than Cafeterias
A rather frightening report presented at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology found that less than half of the 12,181 the schools surveyed allowed all teachers to administer epinephrine and nearly half did not have a full-time nurse available. This puts students, some of whom may not even know they have an allergy, at great risk since time is crucial in saving the life of someone experiencing anaphylaxis.
By Katherine Bortz
March 6th, 2017
ATLANTA — Among the anaphylactic events reported in United States schools, nearly half occurred in the classroom rather than the cafeteria or playground, according to survey data presented at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology.
What Doctors Aren’t Telling Parents About Food Allergies
If your child has been diagnosed with a life-threatening allergy, don’t leave the doctor’s office without a clear understanding of how to administer epinephrine and when to use it. You should also have a written emergency food allergy action plan from your doctor for both home and school. A large study found that less than 70 percent of parents recalled their allergists explaining when to use epinephrine and less than 40 percent said their pediatricians provided this information. Even fewer recalled being shown how to use epinephrine or being given a written emergency action plan by their allergists and pediatricians.
February 24th, 2017
If a child with a food allergy has a life-threatening reaction, parents need to know how to act, but many say doctors aren’t teaching them when and how to use an epinephrine auto-injector.