E-Greetings from the Allergy Advocacy Association

E-Greetings from the Allergy Advocacy Association

March 2023

As Spring comes into focus on the horizon, a welcome energy expands our focus on the opportunities already underway and those that can best serve the community. As work continues for Food Allergy Awareness Day in Albany on May 2, (stay tuned for updates) there are plenty of other projects underway. Those discussed this month include milestones met with Epi Near You New York, wondering why so much epinephrine is locked away beyond the reach of those who might need it, minimizing side effects of OIT and Senatorial shout outs for sponsoring federal legislation that protects kids in schools managing allergies.

  • Epi Near You New York has come along way. Co-Founder Jon Terry thanks JCC of Rochester for partnering with us to train their staff on the use of emergency epinephrine and stocking epinephrine with financial support from us, fulfilling the mission of broad-based availability of epinephrine.
  • Mandelbaum re. student EAIs locked up at school, The article discusses the importance of making epinephrine quickly and easily accessible for children with allergies while at school. The author recounts a personal experience and shares similar situations experienced by others. The article provides tips for parents, including familiarizing themselves with state laws and ensuring access to medication is documented in a child's 504 plan. Additionally, the article emphasizes the importance of communication and collaboration between parents and school nurses in creating an effective management plan.
  • Minimizing reactions to allergy shots,
    Cleveland Clinic reminds us that allergy shots can sometimes cause an allergic reaction and offers tips on how to avoid them.
    Allergy shots, also known as allergen immunotherapy, can help treat allergies by
    building tolerance to allergens. Reactions are rare, but can range from minor to serious. Asthma patients and those on blood pressure medication are at higher risk. Precautions can help minimize the chance of a reaction.
  • FARE thanks Duckworth/Durbin for introducing Protecting Children with Food Allergies Act.
    Thanks to Senators Duckworth and Durbin for coming through for families managing food allergies in school by introducing a bill, Protecting Children with Food Allergies Act to provide training for cafeteria and WIC workers.
    FARE thanks Senators Durbin and Duckworth for introducing the Protecting Children with Food Allergies Act to provide food allergy training for cafeteria workers and educate WIC workers on preventing food allergies. The bill aims to reduce anaphylactic attacks and save lives.

What is anaphylaxis? How would you recognize an anaphylaxis emergency?  And would you know what are the right things to do? For many people, even those that have a life-threatening allergy, the answer is no.

The Allergy Advocacy Association has a solution: Epi Near You New York anaphylaxis emergency training program.  This life saving program can be delivered via webinar or at your location.

Upon completion you receive:

  • Free state approved training presentation,
  • New York State recognized certification, and
  • Assistance for public entities to obtain a non-patient specific prescription for emergency epinephrine

Find more information on our this training program here.

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Best wishes to one and all!