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Do Schools Have Access to Epinephrine?


food allergies at schoolIf your child has been diagnosed with a food allergy, you know all too well that the difference between life and death lies in a matter of moments – and if you’ve ever seen your child experience an anaphylactic reaction, you know that epinephrine is absolutely crucial in determining the outcome.

But what about children who haven’t been diagnosed with an anaphylactic allergy? There’s a first time for everything – and studies show 24 percent of epinephrine administrations in schools involved students with a previously unknown allergy. This means one in four students who experienced anaphylaxis at school weren’t prepared with an EpiPen and probably had to wait for emergency medical attention to arrive – and that is precious time that cannot afford to be wasted in a life-threatening situation.

The School Access to Emergency Epinephrine Act was recently introduced to the Senate in response to this serious issue. This legislation, if passed, would encourage states to pass laws regarding epinephrine in schools. These laws would allow schools to keep and administer non-student specific epinephrine auto-injectors for use in emergency situations involving any student or staff member experiencing an anaphylactic reaction – regardless of whether the student or staffer had been previously prescribed an auto-injector.

This legislation could save the life of a child whose first allergic reaction occurred at school, or assist in an emergency situation where a peanut-allergic student could not access his or her EpiPen. Schools would have to pay for the epinephrine supply themselves, but under the act they would receive a discount and it would cost an average of just over 100 dollars for a school to maintain their stock.

Protect the nearly 6 million American children currently living with food allergies, and the many more whose food allergies have not yet been discovered.  Learn more about the School Access to Emergency Epinephrine Act today. Show your support by downloading the sample letter and encourage your senators to take a stand against allergies.

You could help save a life – and it could be your own child’s.

Does your child have a life threatening food or drug allergy? If so, it's important that they wear an allergy alert bracelet. Allergy alert bracelets should be engraved with your child's name and their food/drug allergy. If benadryl or an Epi Pen should be given during a reaction you may wish to state that on your child's medical ID tag as well. Lauren's Hope offers the largest selection of fashionable and durable medical ID's for kids. Visit www.laurenshope.com to learn more about our allergy alert bracelets.

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I found your article very informative. I was wondering why food allergies are so prevalent today versus when I was in grade school 35 years ago.
Posted @ Thursday, January 05, 2012 4:52 AM by Jan Chu
Jan, that's a great question. There are a bunch of theories out there. One is that our immune systems have evolved and we aren't always able to handle certain foods. Another is that the chemicals now found in food alter the healthy bacteria that help us digest food. But no one really knows for sure!
Posted @ Thursday, January 05, 2012 8:14 AM by Emily
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