On November 3, 2017, 3-year old Elijah Silvera died after having a severe allergic reaction at his preschool facility. Even though the preschool had documentation of Elijah’s life-threatening milk allergy, asthma, and other allergies, the daycare fed Elijah a grilled cheese sandwich. Then the facility failed to follow emergency anaphylaxis protocol.
Elijah’s Law, A6971B, is a bill currently under consideration in the New York State Assembly aimed at preventing another tragedy like Elijah's. The bill would require anaphylaxis policies for child day care centers, including:
- emergency protocols for allergic reactions
- communication plans for discussing safe and unsafe foods with children
- plans to prevent exposure to allergens
Currently, New York State’s requirements for schools to have anaphylaxis policies only apply to K-12 settings.
One preventable death of a young child is one too many. Please join AAFA’s efforts in supporting this bill. If you are a New York State resident, tell your legislators to support Elijah’s Law. Use our tool below to send an email letter to your representative. You can also choose to post your message on Twitter. Just follow the steps: