…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
A Disappointing Reality: Many Families of Food-Allergic Kids Are Not Carrying Epinephrine
Doctors at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio recently polled 35 families at their allergy clinic, and were shocked to find how many were not carrying epinephrine with them. This includes 29% of those who previously had to use it due to a bad allergic reaction. This article gives some very helpful advice on how to remember to carry it everywhere and how to to get prescription reminders and discounts.
By David Stukus, MD
It is a well-known fact that epinephrine is the best treatment for anaphylactic reactions. Patients or their adult caregivers are urged to always keep their epinephrine auto-injectors close at hand. Epinephrine should be given as early as possible after a reaction begins.
Researchers at Project Viva, conducted by Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates in Massachusetts, confirmed what we all have been reading about in the news: peanut allergies in children continue to rise. The research was conducted between 1999 and 2002 and found the prevalence of peanut allergies in children ranges from 2-5%, higher than what was previously reported.
St. John Fisher Nursing Students Support Epinephrine in NY Schools
When three Doctorate of Nursing Practice students at St. John Fisher College were challenged by a professor to choose a current health issue to advocate for, they decided to raise awareness about the risk of anaphylaxis in schools and emphasize the importance of having both epinephrine access and personnel trained to administer it.
Funding the Epinephrine Gap
-From the Food Allergies Research and Education e-newsletter May 19, 2014
Now that more than 40 states allow or require their schools to stock emergency epinephrine auto-injectors, the challenge for many schools is how to pay for these auto-injectors and staff training. In 2010, Congress passed the Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Management Act, which directed ...
August 18 2014, GBFAA August meeting
Greater Buffalo Food Allergy Alliance (GBFAA) August meeting
Monday, August 18th
Cleveland Hill Fire District
440 Cleveland Drive,
Cheektowaga, NY 14225