There’s certainly strength in numbers, and the Allergy Advocacy Association was in full force with our friends from the Food Allergy and Research Education group at our recent Allergy Awareness event in Albany. We are hopeful the legislation that would allow public venues to stock epinephrine will be passed by the New York State Assembly before their legislative session ends in mid-June, as it has already been passed by the State Senate. If you would like to help in our efforts, please sign our online petition at change.org or send a quick email or letter to your State Assembly representative. Together we can make a real difference in saving lives!
Now is also the perfect time to start checking out summer camps for your children. Be sure to inquire about safety procedures when it comes to stocking and administering epinephrine. Keep in mind that 50% of all fatal reactions to insect venom occur with no previous history of life-threatening allergic reactions. Not only should epi-pens be stocked on site, they need to be taken along when going on field trips, hiking in the woods, or any other activities away from camp headquarters. Our Association has donated epi-pens in the past to the Boy and Girl Scout Associations for just such a purpose.
Enjoy the spring weather whenever it arrives!