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Share Our Teal Classroom: Food Allergy Awareness Kit With Your Child’s School to Promote Allergy-Friendly Classrooms

Update as of Sept. 2, 2021: We have updated our Teal Classroom™: Food Allergy Awareness Kit! This version includes updated resources, such as posters, stickers, activity sheets, educational information, and more. Each school year, Kids With Food Allergies (KFA) wants to help parents, teachers, and school staff create healthy and inclusive learning environments for children with food allergies. One resource we offer to school staff is our Teal Classroom™: Food Allergy Awareness Kit . It is...

People With Food Allergies Can Get the COVID-19 Vaccine

Updates as of Aug. 26, 2021: FDA approval of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine The importance of continuing to wear a mask even if you are vaccinated As more information becomes available, we will continue to update our community. On Aug. 23, 2021, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the first COVID-19 vaccine – the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine . It will now be marketed under the name Comirnaty [koe-MIR-nah-tee] for the prevention of COVID-19 disease in people 16 years of age and...

Oral Food Challenges: the Gold Standard for Food Allergy Diagnosis

Has your allergist suggested an oral food challenge ? The thought of feeding your child a food they may be allergic to can be scary. But an oral food challenge is the best way to confirm a food allergy diagnosis. And it can have benefits – whether you get the results you are hoping for or not. What Is an Oral Food Challenge? Simply put, an oral food challenge is where your allergist feeds your child a food to see if they have an allergic reaction. Oral food challenges are the gold standard...

New AAFA Research Aims to Improve Diagnosis and Treatment of Severe Allergic Reactions in Infants and Toddlers

Recognizing Severe Allergic Reactions in Infants and Toddlers Anaphylaxis is a severe allergic reaction that can be life-threatening if not treated quickly and properly. But the signs and symptoms can be hard to recognize, especially in infants and toddlers. One of the biggest challenges is that this age group is nonverbal. Infants cannot talk about their symptoms, so parents and doctors may not notice or identify the signs of an allergic reaction. Research also suggests infants and toddlers...

Take Action to Raise Food Allergy Awareness

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 to help dispel misinformation about asthma, allergies, and food allergies. (Kids With Food Allergies is the food allergy division of AAFA.) Food Allergy Awareness Week is also...

Food Allergy Advocacy Win: The President Signs the FASTER Act and Makes Sesame a Major Allergen

Update: The president has signed the FASTER ACT! On April 23, 2021, President Biden signed the Food Allergy Safety, Treatment, Education, and Research Act of 2021, also called the FASTER Act (H.R.1202/S.578), into law. This bill expands the definition of major allergens to include sesame and requires analysis of food allergy research. Under the FASTER Act, food manufacturers have until Jan. 1, 2023, to update labels of products containing sesame. But you may see sesame appear on labels...

What to Do If You Can’t Afford Epinephrine Auto-Injectors

The manufacturers of epinephrine auto-injectors have extended their U.S. savings card programs through 2018. Epinephrine is the only treatment for a severe allergic reaction known as anaphylaxis (anna-fih-LACK-sis). It is only available through a prescription by your doctor. Each prescription comes with two auto-injectors in a set. People with food allergies need two of these auto-injectors with them at all times.

AAFA Releases the 2021 Allergy Capitals™ Report

Many children with food allergies have other allergic diseases – like asthma, eczema, and nasal allergies (allergic rhinitis) . If your child sniffles and sneezes more with the changing seasons, pollen allergies could be the cause. Allergic sensitivity to airborne pollen from trees, grasses, or weeds can cause allergy symptoms. The reason many children have related allergic conditions is because of the "allergic march" or “atopic march . ” It often starts with dry skin, which may lead to...

Congress Passes School-Based Allergies and Asthma Management Program Act

Updates: It's official! On Jan. 5, 2021, the president signed the School-Based Allergies and Asthma Management Program Act into law. Thank you to our community. Your efforts helped to get this bill signed into law, which will help thousands of students with asthma and allergies and their families nationwide. AAFA Celebrates Major Advocacy Win! Congress Passes School-Based Allergies and Asthma Management Program Act, H.R. 2468 Law gives greater protections and resources to students with...

AAFA’s Medical Scientific Council Shares Statement on Early Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine Safety Questions for People With Allergies

"Recent media reports of reactions to the new Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine, first out of the U.K. and now one report in the United States are stirring safety concerns for people with a history of serious allergies. It’s important to remember that we still don’t have the full details regarding the specifics of any of these reported reactions. Allergists, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are all keeping an eye on these...

2020 Allergy-Friendly Halloween Candy Guide

Halloween will look different this year with changes to classroom parties, festivals and trick-or-treating due to the coronavirus (COVID-19). But while you celebrate on a smaller scale or at home, you may still want to have allergy-friendly Halloween candy on hand. If you are looking for allergy-friendly treats, here are some top 8 free Halloween candy ideas. These candies are free of peanuts, tree nuts, dairy, egg, soy, wheat, fish and shellfish.

COVID-19 Guidelines for Schools and the Impact on Kids With Food Allergies and Asthma

Update – Aug. 21, 2020 Sixteen leading food allergy experts, including some of our medical advisors , released school guidelines addressing food allergies in light of COVID-19. We have added those recommendations to this blog post. Schools face major challenges as they try to reduce the spread of the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 among staff and students. Schools will follow certain policies and practices to help reduce the spread. This causes many parents to wonder how this will affect...

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