Even though about 5.6 million children and 26 million adults have food allergies, many people still don’t understand what it’s like to live with them. The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) has declared May to be “National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month.” All month long, we will be raising awareness about asthma, allergies, and food allergies. (Kids With Food Allergies is the food allergy division of AAFA.)
Food Allergy Awareness Week is also May 8-14. That week, our focus will be sharing information to help you manage your child’s food allergies, as well as information you can pass along. Our theme this year is about increasing confidence in using asthma and allergy medicines, including inhalers and injections.
Watch our blog and social channels throughout the month for food allergy awareness events. We’ll share food allergy facts, Twitter chats, free downloadable handouts, ways to advocate, and more.
Will you help us raise food allergy awareness? Here are just a few ways you can participate:
- May 10, 8 p.m. ET: Join our #AllergyCare Twitter chat to gain more confidence on when and how to use asthma and allergy medicines, including injections. Follow @AAFANational and @KFATweets.
- May 12: Improve your confidence to know when and how to use epinephrine. Watch the training video for your/your child’s epinephrine device and practice injecting using a training device.
- May 16-22: National Eosinophil Awareness Week – Learn more about eosinophilic esophagitis (EoE).
- May 16: Advocacy Day – Ask your elected officials to support the Elijah E. Cummings Family Asthma Act and the Medical Nutrition Equity Act to help improve the lives of people with asthma and food allergies.
Food Allergy Facts to Share
During May, you can raise awareness about living with food allergies. Download and share our quick facts handout on food allergies. Share individual facts from this handout on your social media channels or print and give the handout to people who would like to know more. Sometimes seeing the facts can help people better understand the impact food allergies can have.
Social Media Tools
Pictures send a powerful message. Share our awareness images on social media to help people learn more about food allergies. We also have awareness ribbons, profile pictures, social media covers, and ready-to-tweet food allergy facts.
Support Kids With Food Allergies (KFA)
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