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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.

Red Wings Unveil "Peanut Aware Zone" at Frontier Field

Group photo at Redwings Game

The Rochester Red Wings will always be winners in our book. Frontier Field is now the only baseball stadium in the country (that we know of) to offer a peanut and tree nut-free seating section. Fans with these types of food allergies are very appreciative...

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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

After an anaphylactic shock, an Epipen saved my son in France

Arlene Harris and family

Day to day living can be dangerous enough for those with serious food allergies, but when you add international travel to the mix, it can be even more challenging. Read about an Irish mother who tried her best to keep her son safe while traveling in France, and was smart enough to administer an EpiPen when he unknowingly ate hazelnuts. 

Arlene Harris recounts a terrifying moment when her son went into anaphylactic shock and argues adrenaline pens should be available in public places

By Arlene Harris
August 2nd, 2016

We have just returned from a three week tour around Europe which for the main part was an incredible experience — travelling from Rome to Madrid by train and stopping in various places along the way, it all went off without a hitch — apart from the very serious issue of a language barrier relating to a medical condition.

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Parents Want All Ambulances to Carry EpiPens

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Research conducted by Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE) found that not all ambulances carry epinephrine and that EMTs often don't take the person to the hospital for further observation if they appeared to be "fine now." In light of this, FARE recommends contacting your local ambulance service to ask if epinephrine is stocked in every vehicle and that at least one EMT per ambulance be qualified to administer it. In an anaphylactic emergency, inform the 911 dispatcher to send an ambulance carrying epinephrine along with a trained EMT.

The only medication that can stop severe allergic reactions isn’t required on all emergency responder vehicles. Why is that?

By Cathy Cassata
August 5, 2016

If your child suddenly can’t breathe, most likely your instincts will move you to call 911.

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No proof to back most peanut plane fears inquiry finds

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The Canadian Transportation Agency recently conducted a study to find out if there is a risk of anaphylaxis due to inhalation or skin contact with peanut, nut or sesame seed allergens, and found there was little or no risk due to anything besides ingestion. However the Agency still recommends buffer zones around passengers with nut allergies.

Canadian Minister's probe finds 'limited risk' of in-flight reaction due to anything other than ingestion

By Jason Proctor, CBC News
July 23rd, 2016

Despite fears the mere presence of a peanut on a plane could inflame allergies, a Transportation Ministry inquiry has found "limited risk" anything other than actually ingesting a nut will cause an anaphylactic reaction.

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NYS Senator Joe Robach's 9th Annual Women's Heath Fair
The Mall at Greece Ridge
271 Greece Ridge Center Drive
Rochester, NY 14626
Saturday, Sept. 24th 10am-1pm



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