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New York Governor Signs Elijah’s Law to Prevent Severe Food Allergy Reactions in Child Day Care Programs


On Sept. 12, 2019, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed Elijah's Law (S.218B/A.6971B). Under this law, New York child day care programs have to follow guidelines for preventing and responding to severe food allergy reactions.

Elijah's Law is named after Elijah Silvera who passed from anaphylaxis, as severe allergic reaction, after eating a grilled cheese sandwich at day care. The facility did not follow emergency anaphylaxis procedures.

Thank you to New York for passing this law. This is an important step toward preventing future food allergy related tragedies like Elijah's.

Does your state have policies that protect children with allergies and asthma? State policies can make a difference when it comes to creating a safe, inclusive school environment for your child. The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) released their 2019 State Honor Roll™ of Asthma and Allergy Policies for Schools. Use the interactive map to see how your state ranks. (Kids With Food Allergies is a division of AAFA.)

If you have a child with food allergies, you can also join our online community for support, allergy-friendly recipes, news updates, research and more.


Kids With Food Allergies (KFA) is a division of the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA). AAFA is the largest and oldest nonprofit patient organization dedicated to asthma and allergies. KFA educates families and communities with practical food allergy management strategies to save lives and improve the quality of life for children and their families. Our online community includes public blogs. To post a comment, you will need to register or sign in. Registered members have access to additional specialized support forums for food allergies. Registration is free!

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