The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) supports school policies that promote access to life-saving medications to treat students and staff who experience severe allergic reactions. As states consider school wellness and safety, they should implement policies that promote access, including: supplying schools with epinephrine auto-injectors, allowing epinephrine auto-injectors to be used in emergencies, appropriately training school personnel, and addressing liability concerns for those who use this medication in good-faith.
Food allergies continue to be a growing problem, especially among young children. Approximately 15 million people in the United States suffer from food allergies, 6 million of whom are children. These children spend much of their day in school, where they may be exposed to food allergens which can trigger a serious immune response, known as anaphylaxis.
AAFA urges state legislators to make the simple decision to save young lives. If schools have access to undesignated epinephrine auto injectors and staff trained to administer the medication, children will not die at school when a snack lands in the wrong hands.
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AAFA State Policy Statements
To learn more about AAFA's position or to speak with a member of AAFA's Department of Policy and Programs, please contact Larissa Kaczaniuk (1-202-466-7643, x227).