Those Who Give the COVID-19 Vaccine Need to Be Trained to Use an EpiPen

Now that vaccines protecting people from the corona virus have arrived, the danger of dangerous attacks of anaphylaxis have arrived as well. Proper administration of epinephrine is now almost as important as using the vaccine itself. Our association fully supports comprehensive training on how to use an epinephrine auto-injector (EAI) device in an anaphylaxis emergency.

Those Who Give the COVID-19 Vaccine Need to Be Trained to Use an EpiPen

Nurse Receiving Covid-19 Vaccine Dec 2020
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By Robert K. Houton

The COVID-19 vaccination that began rolling out this week to frontline medical workers will hopefully end our long nightmare with this virus and the pandemic. But there is one concern: 1.6% of the American population, or roughly 5 million people, have experienced a severe allergic attack, called anaphylaxis, and may have a severe reaction to the vaccine.

As a result, all sites that are injecting the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine are required to have epinephrine auto-injector devices (Epi-Pens) as a safety precaution if an allergic reaction, occurs after the vaccine is given. Epinephrine, also known as adrenaline, is the only medication recommended as a first-treatment medicine in reversing the life-threatening reaction in an anaphylactic attack.

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ACAAI Releases Guidance on Risk of Allergic Reactions to the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine

ACAAI: Allergic reactions to vaccines rarely occur

Regarding vaccines for immunization against COVID-19, many people have concerns about how safe they are. Are there significant risks of allergic reaction from vaccination? Are adequate procedures being followed? This article provides guidance and recommendations from the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI) an association of allergists-immunologists and allied health professionals.

Covid-19 Vaccination In Arm, Dec. 2020

American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology Releases Guidance on Risk of Allergic Reactions to the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine

December 14th, 2020

With the emergency use authorization of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine by the FDA on December 11, 2020, and distribution beginning today, the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology COVID-19 Vaccine Task Force recommends the following guidance related to risk of an allergic reaction on vaccination for those who receive the vaccine. These recommendations are based on best knowledge to date but could change at any time, pending new information and further guidance from the FDA or CDC.

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FDA Urges Voluntary Disclosure of Sesame

Dave Bloom at SnackSafely.com regularly provides timely information to families with life-threatening food allergies.

FDA Urges Voluntary Disclosure of Sesame….

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….but FDA Falls Short at Protecting Allergic Individuals

By Dave Bloom
October 1 st, 2020

Earlier this week, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued long-awaited draft guidance regarding the danger of sesame to allergic individuals, urging manufacturers to clearly label for the ingredient. Once again, the FDA falls short in adequately protecting allergic individuals.

The incidence of sesame allergy has skyrocketed and is now the ninth most common food allergy in the US according to the American Association of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (AAAAI).

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Action Awards Virtual Gala Rated Fun-For-All Success!

Every year the Allergy Advocacy Association Action Awards honor individuals that personify our program of Awareness, Alertness and Action.

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Action Awards Virtual Gala Rated a Fun-For-All Success!

By Jon Terry
November 15th, 2020

The Allergy Advocacy Association Gala was broadcasted virtually on Wednesday, October 21st. This year the theme of our Allergy Action Awards was a celebration of Halloween featuring "Tricks" rather than "Treats!" Since we were using the world wide web for the very first time we can’t say exactly how many people joined our celebration. We can only hope everyone else had as much fun as we did. Many thanks to one and all who helped make our Virtual Gala & Silent Auction so successful!

Gala Hostess, Brenda Tremblay

This year Brenda Tremblay acted hostess and EMCEE for our celebration. Ms. Tremblay is the (very early!) morning host at WXXI Classical 91.5 FM. Our association is very grateful to Brenda for taking time away from her day job to help our cause. She was a positively wonderful hostess; by wearing a series of very stylish (and humorous!) Halloween hats Brenda established a wonderfully whimsical mood. Brenda's contributions of her time and energy to our association are greatly appreciated!

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Poor, Minority Children with Food Allergies Are Overlooked and in Danger

Today in America racial inequality is a great concern for everyone. This article shows immediate need for more research studies; only with accurate data can the food allergy community develop an effective program of action to aid indigent children and other minority children. They need improved access to appropriate childcare, safe food, medical care, and lifesaving medicine like epinephrine for them. Please see more details by clicking here.

Poor, Minority Children with Food Allergies Are Overlooked and in Danger

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Photo by Sandy West

By Shereen Siewert
November 8, 2020

As Emily Brown stood in a food pantry looking at her options, she felt alone. Up to that point, she had never struggled financially. But there she was, desperate to find safe food for her young daughter with food allergies. What she found was a jar of salsa and some potatoes. “That was all that was available,” said Brown, who lives in Kansas City, Kansas. “It was just a desperate place.”

When she became a parent, Brown left her job for lack of childcare that would accommodate her daughter’s allergies to peanuts, tree nuts, milk, eggs, wheat, and soy. When she and her husband then turned to a federal food assistance program, they found few allowable allergy substitutions. The closest allergy support group she could find was an hour away. She was almost always the only Black parent, and the only poor parent, there.

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