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!
Article for Advocacy
New York, NY – Assembly member Linda B. Rosenthal (D/WF – Manhattan) was joined by advocates, concerned parents and children who suffer with severe food allergies to demand passage of her bill, A.759-A, which would require teachers to take a free, 10 minute online training in how to safely and effectively administer the epinephrine auto-injector (EAI) device. Senator Martin J. Golden, Assistant Senate Majority Whip, (R, C - 22nd Senate District), the bill’s sponsor in the Senate (S.4876) was also on hand to speak in support the legislation.
Parents of children with severe allergies will do just about anything to protect them, especially when they are away from home. Read about Stacey Saiontz who takes it one step further and actively campaigns for legislation to be passed in Albany. Read the full story here.
Stacey Saiontz of Chappaqua, New York does everything parents of extremely allergic children do. She brings her son Jared’s food to restaurants and friends’ homes. She wipes down everything from airplane seats and arm rests to playground equipment. And of course she carries Benadryl and Epi-PensTM.
“EPI EVERYWHERE EVERYDAY!”
For the past two years Allergy Advocacy Association founder Jon Terry has been working as a volunteer on the Anaphylaxis Community Experts project. He recently participated in a Webinar with Nancy Sander, president of The Allergy and Asthma Network/Mothers of Asthmatics. The AAN/MA is launching a new initiative as part of the School-based Anaphylaxis Preparedness: Policies in Practice effort.
“We are very excited about our new campaign during the back-to-school season,” says Ms. Sander. “Our campaign ‘mantra’ is ‘EPI EVERYWHERE EVERYDAY’ because that is what is going to save lives.”
Here are more upcoming events relating to allergies and anaphylaxis.
- May 22, 2013- Noyes Staff Wellness Fair
Noyes Staff Wellness Fair is on
Wednesday, May 22, 2012
11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Noyes Memorial Hospital
111 Clara Barton Street
Dansville, NY 14437-9503
Basement conference center
For more information visit their web site or call (585) 335-6001