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US Senators Introduce Airline Emergency Epi Bill

Image of an airplane wing Just as you would expect an airline to carry a defibrillator for a heart attack emergency, the Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE) group believes airlines should also be prepared to treat serious allergic reactions. Fortunately there is a group of U.S. ...

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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!

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Parental Guidance for School 504s & IHCPs

Here are some very practical guides for developing Emergency Care Plans, Individualized Healthcare Plans and 504 Plans for children with allergies in school. Links to sample plans and descriptions of each type are included. If you can start the process now, everything will be in place by the first day of school.

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Back to School Suggestions for Families with Life-threatening Allergies

August 10th, 2015
By Janet Goldman

If you have a child with severe allergies, it may be a good idea to arrange a meeting with your school’s principal, preferably before the school year begins. Begin by explaining your child’s allergies, and then request a health care plan to provide for his/her safety at school. This plan should identify responsibilities, training and services to guarantee a safe environment as well as how to respond to an attack of anaphylaxis.

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Emergency visits for childhood food allergy rise in Illinois

It comes as no surprise that emergency room visits of children with severe allergic reactions have increased markedly over the past five years in Illinois. Researchers are still trying to find out why, and are pursuing ways to reverse the trend.

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Visits for anaphylaxis climb 29 percent per year; while Hispanic children's visits are up 44 percent per year.

NORTHWESTERN NEWS
June 28th, 2015

CHICAGO – Emergency room visits and hospitalizations of children with severe, potentially life-threatening food allergy reactions increased an average of nearly 30 percent per year over five years in Illinois, reports a Northwestern Medicine study.

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Representative Dr. Terry Johnson (R-R-McDermott, Ohio)
Rep. Dr. Terry Johnson (R-McDermott)

New epinephrine law is working well for Ohio kids

By Rep. Dr. Terry Johnson
(R-McDermott, Ohio)
June 23, 2015

As a state elected official, every so often we have the opportunity to work on legislation that can truly save lives. Such a bill happened last year, and once it was signed into law, it proved its worth in short order.

The new law allows school districts in Ohio to stock epinephrine medication for anyone who might need it. Having emergency epinephrine on hand is especially important for children who may have undiagnosed allergies to certain foods or insect stings.

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Upcoming Events

Aug. 12, 2015 - JORDAN HEALTH FAIR @ ROCHESTER NY

Jordan Health Center Wellness Fair
Anthony L Jordan Health Center
82 Holland Street, Rochester, NY 14605
Wednesday, August 12th 10am to 2pm

Aug. 30, 2015 - ROCHESTER RED WINGS FOOD ALLERGY AWARNESS DAY FRONTIER FIELD

Rochester Red Wings Food Allergy Awareness Day
Frontier Field
333 Plymouth Avenue North, Rochester, NY 14608
Sunday, August 30th @ 12:30pm
Rochester Red Wings Food Allergy Awareness Day
Rochester Red Wings vs. Pawtucket Red Sox
Game starts at 1:30pm

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