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.
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.
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.
Visits for anaphylaxis climb 29 percent per year; while Hispanic children's visits are up 44 percent per year.
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.
New epinephrine law is working well for Ohio kids
By Rep. Dr. Terry Johnson
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.
Sep. 12, 2015 - NYS SEN. JOE ROBACH WOMEN’S HEALTH FAIR
NYS Senator Joe Robach Women's Heath Fair
The Mall at Greece Ridge
271 Greece Ridge Center Drive
Rochester, NY 14626
Saturday, Sept. 12th 10am-1pm
Sep. 19, 2015 - FOOD ALLERGIES COPING TEACHING SUPPORTING
Food Allergies Coping Teaching Supporting
First Methodist Church Fairport
31 West Church Street
Fairport, NY 14450
Saturday, Sept. 19th 10am-12noon
Sep. 21, 2015 - GREATER BUFFALO FOOD ALLERGY ALLIANCE
Greater Buffalo Food Allergy Alliance
Cleveland Hill Fire Hall
440 Cleveland Dr.
Buffalo, NY 14225
Monday, Sept. 21st 7-9pm
Oct. 3, 2015 - WNY HEALTH EXPO
WNY Heath Expo
Eastern Hills Mall
4545 Transit Road
Williamsville, NY 14221
Saturday, Oct. 3rd 10am-3pm
Oct. 15, 2015 - FAMILY HEALTH & FITNESS FAIR
Family Health & Fitness Fair
RIT Inn & Conference Center
5257 West Henrietta Road
Henrietta, NY 14467
Thursday, Oct. 15th 10am-3pm