April 10, 2013
STOCKING EPINEPHRINE IN SCHOOLS
Kids With Food Allergies Foundation and the Asthma & Allergy Foundation of America, support school policies that promote access to life-saving medications to treat students and staff who experience severe allergic reactions.
According to a study done in Massachusetts, 25% of allergic reactions at school happen to individuals experiencing their first severe allergic reaction (anaphylaxis). These individuals did not have a prescription for epinephrine at school at the time they went into anaphylaxis.
A few states have passed what is called a "stock epinephrine" bill which allows schools to have epinephrine auto-injectors available for undesignated use. Sixteen more states are considering legislation right now that will promote access and use of epinephrine auto-injectors to be used in emergencies at school. To see if your state is one of them, check out AAFA's Epinephrine policy statements. AAFA provides information so you can take action and contact your legislators to let them know of your support for stocking epinephrine in schools.
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Epinephrine in Schools: What You Need to Know
Charlotte Collins, JD, and Michael Pistiner, MD, will lead a live discussion on April 30 at 2 pm Eastern to explain why access to epinephrine in schools is important to children who are at risk for anaphylaxis. Join us to discuss the four key issues presented by stocking epinephrine in schools, major challenges in current state laws and common approaches to addressing each challenge. Find out what actions you can take now to promote appropriate use of epinephrine in schools.
Ms. Collins is AAFA's VP of Policy and Programs and directs AAFA's state advocacy promoting access to epinephrine in schools. Dr. Pistiner is chair of KFA's Medical Advisory Team and co-founder of AllergyHome.org. He also serves as a voluntary consultant for the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, School Health Services.
This FREE webinar is made possible by an unrestricted educational grant provided by Mylan.
Advocate for Food Allergies, Asthma, Research and More!
You can make a difference by contacting your elected officials about issues and legislation regarding asthma and allergies. Just sign up to join AAFA's advocacy mailing list. If you are involved in advocacy activities around this issue or others in your own state, please let us know. We welcome the opportunity to hear more about your activities and how we can help! Contact Liana Burns, Manager of Policy and Programs at AAFA or call 1-800-7ASTHMA ext 252.
KFA Honored as Best Health Community
Kids With Food Allergies Foundation (KFA) is honored to be selected as the Best in Show for a Health Community in the Health Activist Awards by WEGO Health. KFA was chosen as the health information website that best exemplifies using an online community to raise awareness and make connections for patients.
Our members and volunteers nurture our community and allow us to be the largest support venue for families with food allergies.
Watch this video from WEGO Health on why KFA was chosen as the Best Health Community.
KFA's New Food Finds
Each year, KFA travels to food conventions to find the latest allergy-friendly foods coming out to the market. We are sharing our New Food Finds on our Food, Nutrition and Recipes blog. More foods are added each week!
A Message from Our Sponsors
This year marks the 25th anniversary of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval of EpiPen® (epinephrine) Auto-Injector. In celebration of this anniversary and as part of our continued commitment to access, Mylan Specialty has developed a 25th Anniversary "$0 Co-Pay Offer". The offer is available to both cash-paying and commercially insured patients. This offer provides up to $100 off per EpiPen 2-Pak®. Certain restrictions apply. Patients can re-use the offer with an unlimited number of prescriptions until the coupon expiration date, December 31, 2013. The offer is valid on up to three EpiPen 2-Pak or EpiPen Jr 2-Pak® cartons per prescription. The co-pay card is available through physicians across the country this week. Patients can also contact Mylan Customer Service at 1-800-395-3376 with any questions, and can obtain additional information about the co-pay card at www.EpiPen.com
Food Allergy News and Research
Do You Live in a Spring Pollen Capital?
AAFA has released its annual report naming the 100 most challenging U.S. cities to live with allergies during the spring.
Food Allergy Disorder (FPIES) Stresses Moms, Baffles Doctors
A food allergy disorder that mimics gastrointestinal viruses is difficult to diagnose.
ABC News Twitter Chat on Food Allergies
Experts from across the nation addressed food allergy questions on a Twitter chat hosted on April 9, 2013 using #abcDrBchat.
Food Allergy Facts
Food Allergy Awareness: Before Leaving Emergency Care
Before leaving emergency medical care, your healthcare professional should provide the following:
Source: NIH Publication, Guidelines for the Diagnosis and Management of Food Allergy in the United States: Summary for Patients, Families, and Caregivers.
- An epinephrine auto-injector or a prescription for two doses and training on how to use the auto-injector.
- A follow-up appointment or an appointment with a clinical specialist such as an allergist/immunologist.
- Information on where to get medical identification jewelry or an anaphylaxis wallet card that alerts others of the food allergy.
- Education about allergen avoidance, recognizing the symptoms of anaphylaxis, and giving intramuscular injections of epinephrine.
- An anaphylaxis emergency action plan.
Allergy Buyer's Guide
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Must-Read Topics on our Support Forums
Our Kids With Food Allergies online community is mobile! We have an iPhone App. In addition, our community has a mobile version for all mobile browsers and also works in standard (web) view. You can access KFA whenever you need us. Registration is free!
POLL: Are Your Child's Epis Always with Him/Her at School?
What are your experiences? Do your child's epis "travel" at school, or are they kept in the nurse's office?
Need Help with Mashed Potatoes and Baked Goods
"I'm at a loss on how to cook most of our family favorites."
Staying Frugal with Food Allergies
How do you save money on your grocery bills when you have food allergies?
Allergy Friendly Toothpaste
Some toothpastes contain allergens. What brand of toothpaste do you use?
NEW on Our Community: We have launched a new forum for off-topic conversations so that our community has an area to get to know each other better! Join us for Random Ramblings.
Food Allergy Recalls
Food Alerts! Have you checked KFA's Allergy Recall Alerts recently? The following foods were recently recalled:
U.S. Allergy Recalls
Multiple Allergen Alerts:
Buffalo Trace Distillery: Sauces (fish, milk, soy, wheat)
Fish Allergy Alerts:
Centerville Pie Company: Clam Pie
Milk Allergy Alerts:
Heartland Gourmet: Gluten Free Bakery Mixes
Tree Nut Allergy Alerts:
Sweet P's Bake Shop: Caramel Apple Danish Coffee Cake
Canadian Allergy Recalls
Milk Allergy Alerts:
Coffee King: 3 in 1 Coffee Mix
Chelsea Chocolates: Confectioneries
Kugi Foods: Blue Mountain Roasted Coffee
Mustard Allergy Alerts:
Freybe: Summer Sausage
Shellfish Allergy Alerts:
Aliments Prolimer: Curry Beef with Rice and Gravy
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