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Illinois Congress Passes Elijah’s Law to Prevent Severe Food Allergy Reactions in Child Day Care Programs

 

The Illinois House and Senate have passed Elijah’s Law (HB0102). It is now waiting to be signed into law by Governor Pritzker. Under this bill, the Illinois Department of Public Health must create policies to prevent anaphylaxis (a severe allergic reaction) in school districts and day care centers.

The bill also requires the department to create, give out, and post information on its website about the anaphylaxis policies. Schools and day care centers must tell parents and guardians of the policies at least once a year. And schools and day care centers must send the policies to each board of every school district, charter school, and day care center in the state.

Elijah’s Law is named after 3-year-old Elijah Silvera. He died from anaphylaxis, as severe allergic reaction, after eating a grilled cheese sandwich at day care. The facility failed to follow emergency anaphylaxis plans.

This is the second version of Elijah’s Law to pass in the United States. The first version of Elijah’s law passed and was signed into law in Elijah’s home state of New York in 2019.

Thomas Silvera, Elijah’s dad, co-founded the Elijah-Alavi Foundation (EAF). Its mission is to amplify Elijah’s Echo. The goal of Elijah’s Echo is to “raise awareness on the severity of food allergies and anaphylaxis as well as the importance of education and training.”

The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) has been proud to support Thomas’ and EAF’s campaigns to get these bills passed in New York and Illinois. We look forward to working more with EAF to ensure children in all 50 states are protected.

Thank you to the nearly 200 AAFA and EAF community members who have already contacted their Illinois lawmakers and Governor Pritzker in support of Elijah’s Law.

If you live in Illinois, you can contact the governor to ask him to sign Elijah's Law, if you haven't already. Use our tool below to send an email. You can also choose to post your message on Twitter. Just follow the steps:

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