McLEAN, VA, NOV. 13, 2013 – Allergy & Asthma Network Mothers of Asthmatics (AANMA) today commended President Obama for signing into law the School Access to Emergency Epinephrine Act, legislation that helps protect schoolchildren who experience anaphylaxis, a life-threatening allergic reaction.
State anaphylaxis emergency preparedness laws are changing nationwide to ensure schools have policies in place to address situations in which a student is suddenly found in the throes of an attack without an epinephrine auto-injector. But not all school districts have updated their policies or are aware when discrepancies exist.
With anaphylaxis, rapid treatment saves lives. Delay of treatment while figuring out what to do or which policy to follow can result in death, which is exactly what prompted Sandra Lawinger, RN, school district nurse, Glen Ellyn, Ill. to take action. Read the rest of this entry »
SEPT. 28, 2012, McLean, VA – What would you do if faced with a child experiencing a life-threatening allergic reaction? It’s a question Allergy & Asthma Network Mothers of Asthmatics’ national network of Anaphylaxis Community Experts, or ACE Teams, pose in free training programs for educators, families and policymakers across the country.
Knowing the answer could save a life and a lifetime of regret.
In May 1993, I was determined to find a preschool for my son with severe food allergies. Life-threatening food allergies were far from mainstream knowledge, and there were few reliable resources on the subject. I had no idea what it would take to create a Read the rest of this entry »
Three cheers! Wisconsin is now the 48th state to protect students’ right to carry and use their lifesaving anaphylaxis medications at school. On November 23, Gov. Scott Walker signed a law that allows a student while in school, at a school event, or Read the rest of this entry »
WASHINGTON, DC, AUG. 16, 2011 — Illinois took a definitive step forward yesterday in helping protect students as Gov. Pat Quinn signed into law the School Access to Emergency Epinephrine Act, which lets schools stock and use Read the rest of this entry »
Clean air in the classroom, cafeteria and gym is a must for all children to learn and have fun at school. AANMA is a co-sponsor with Healthy Schools Network to help parents, teachers and students transform their schools into breathe-easy zones! Healthy Schools Network coordinates National Healthy Schools Day each year in cooperation with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
Get in on the action! Here’s what you can do locally right now:
-Does your school have an IAQ (indoor air quality) program or committee? See www.NationalHealthySchoolsDay.org for how to celebrate IAQ successes or help create a new program to make sure students have breathable indoor air all school-year long.
-Need more help? Find ideas for activities, learning tools, conference call sign ups, and more at www.NationalHealthySchoolsDay.org — register and share what activities you have planned.
-Register your activity online today online to put Your School IAQ on the Map!
-Download AANMA’s FREE Indoor AIRepair: At School kit — a colorful guide to reducing irritants and allergens at your school. Created by AANMA with funding from the EPA.
Kelsey never leaves home without it – her auto-injectable epinephrine, that is. In fact she always has two. You see, Kelsey is allergic to peanuts and while she does everything she can to avoid being exposed to them, she knows that accidents happen, Read the rest of this entry »