The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) declares May to be “National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month.” It’s a peak season for people with allergies and asthma and a perfect time to educate patients, family, friends, school staff, coaches, and others about these diseases. AAFA’s food allergy division, Kids With Food Allergies (KFA), honors Food Allergy Awareness Week the second week of May. In 2022, it occurs May 8-14.
This year's theme is to increase confidence in using asthma and allergy medicines, including inhalers and injections. Use our resources and tools to spread awareness during May and all year long!
Key Dates in May for Food Allergy Awareness
May 1-31: See all of our 31 Days of Action for Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month. Asthma and allergic diseases impact over 65 million people in the United States. This year, AAFA is helping people increase their confidence in using asthma and allergy medicines, including inhalers and injections.
May 8-14: Food Allergy Awareness Week (FAAW) – Nearly 6 million children and more than 26 million adults in the U.S. have food allergies.
May 9: Make a donation to support our food allergy research, support, education, and advocacy programs.
May 12: Improve your confidence to know when and how to use epinephrine. Watch the training video for your/your child’s epinephrine device and practice injecting using a training device.
May 13: Visit the KFA School Zone to prepare for the next school year to confidently manage your student’s food allergies. Tell school nurses, teachers, and administrators about our Teal Classroom™: Food Allergy Awareness Kit and other resources for raising awareness about food allergies at school.
May 14: Visit KFA’s Safe Eats® recipes and make a meal free of major allergens.
May 16-22: National Eosinophil Awareness Week – Learn more about eosinophilic esophagitis (EoE).
May 16: Advocacy Day: Ask your elected officials to support the Elijah E. Cummings Family Asthma Act and the Medical Nutrition Equity Act to help improve the lives of people with asthma and food allergies.
May 18: Join AAFA’s “Ask the Expert” Community Chat at 7 p.m. ET. Bring your questions about how to best use your asthma and allergy medicines.
May 28: Take part in Remembrance Day to honor the memories of people lost to asthma or allergy. Visit a park and honor them by blowing bubbles (a more environmentally friendly option than releasing a balloon).