Announcing our Albany Allergy Awareness Event
We have had much success in the past with our Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Awareness Days in Albany, and another one is scheduled for May 3. We set up a table in the concourse entrance to the Legislative Office Building and speak to every legislator that walks by. When we have families join us it adds much validity to our cause as it hits home how allergies can affect anyone’s everyday life. Below are some of the legislative initiatives we are supporting this year. Call or write if you would like to join us!
By Jon Terry
March 14th, 2017
Greetings from Jon Terry, the founder of the Allergy Advocacy Association. Concerning anaphylaxis, life-threatening allergies and epinephrine, important legislation is again being proposed during the current session of the New York State legislature. Under consideration are new laws for anaphylaxis emergency school teacher training; restrictions upon pharmaceutical pricing policies and protecting families with food allergies when they dine out at restaurants or fast-food service vendors.
According to statistics from Food Allergy Research and Education (FARE):
- About 15 million Americans have food allergies.
- One in every 13 children have food allergies, about two in every classroom.
- Food allergies in children increased nearly 50 percent between 1997 and 2011, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
- Eight foods account for 90 percent of all food-allergic reactions: milk, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts, wheat, soy, fish and shellfish.
- Every three minutes, a food allergy reaction sends someone to the emergency department, more than 200,000 emergency department visits per year.
- Children’s food allergies cost a collective $25 billion per year.
Regarding NYS public schools, our support of improved access to epinephrine has proven very important by protecting lives of students who suffer anaphylaxis emergencies. During the NYS 2015-16 school year there were 27 reported uses of nurse authorized stock epinephrine in schools across the state and 25 uses of patient-prescribed epinephrine.
On Wednesday, May 3rd the Allergy Advocacy Association will participate in the Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Awareness Day in Albany. We will actively support any reasonable legislation that improves access to epinephrine. From 9am to 4pm we will be exhibiting at the concourse entrance to the Legislative Office Building in the New York State capitol. Last year we had a very large turn-out of activists and their family members. Please join our advocacy efforts by attending our event this spring.
The vision of the Allergy Advocacy Association is a clear and direct one. "Not another life lost to anaphylaxis — Not another life lost to ANY life-threatening allergies!" Best wishes and many thanks!
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