AAFA supports school policies that promote access to life-saving medications to treat students and staff who experience severe allergic reactions. States should implement policies that promote access, including: supplying schools with 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 severe 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, we can avoid tragedies in the classroom.