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To NBC – Food Allergies Are Not an “Emotional” Reaction

Once again, “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” has mocked food allergies. This time, Jimmy Fallon and actor Milo Ventimiglia made fun of anaphylaxis (a serious allergic reaction) as if it was an “emotional” response. The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) sent a letter to Lorne Michaels, Executive Producer of the show at NBC asking the network to take food allergies seriously. This is not the first time Jimmy Fallon and guests on the show have made fun of people with food...

Popular Food Allergy Resources Are Now Available in Spanish

Two of our popular resources on managing food allergies are now available in Spanish! These handouts from Kids With Food Allergies (KFA) are available as free PDFs you can download for yourself, your child’s caregivers, teachers, and family members. ¿Por qué le prestamos tanta importancia a las alergias alimentarias? (What’s the Big Deal About Food Allergies?) Su guía para manejar las alergias alimentarias de su hijo/a (Your Guide to Managing Your Child’s Food Allergies) ¿Por qué le...

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...

Confronting Hunger and the Racial Food Allergy Divide

The best way to prevent food allergy reactions is to stay away from known allergens. This may sound simple. But it is much more complicated than that. You have to know how to identify foods your child is allergic to and understand how foods are labeled . This means if your child has food allergies, you have to be sure they eat safe foods and other caregivers know how to manage their food allergy. Because of this, the foods you have access to may be limited. For some families managing food...

Black Americans With Food Allergies and Asthma Need Health Equity Now

February marks Black History Month in the United States. It celebrates the major achievements of Black Americans throughout history. It is also a chance to learn about key moments that have not only shaped the Black experience in America, but that of the entire nation. Black History Month is often a time to look at how far we’ve come and how far we have to go. At the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA), we believe one of the best ways to honor the past is to heal the present and...

Valentine's Day With Food Allergies Declassified: Kisses, Candies and Parties

Valentine's Day has long been associated with kisses, candy, parties and special treats. For children with food allergies, this can mean being left out or feeling unsafe. With some advanced planning, you can keep your sweethearts with food allergies safe and included. Use open communication with your child and their caregivers to reduce the chances of a food allergy reaction. Whether toddler, teen or somewhere in between, make a plan to keep your loved ones safe this Valentine's Day: 1. At...

Read Candy Labels to Keep Your Sweetheart Safe

This information is for your convenience. Some candies and labels pictured may differ from what is currently available or sold in your area. These are only to be used as examples. Always read ingredient labels. It is not an endorsement or a guarantee of the product's safety. Contact the manufacturer, if needed, to confirm the safety for your child. Around Valentine’s Day, other people may offer candy or treats to your child with food allergies. Make sure your child knows not to accept or eat...

People With Food Allergies Can Get the COVID-19 Vaccine

In December 2020, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) authorized two COVID-19 vaccines for emergency use from Pfizer-BioNTech (for ages 16 and older) and Moderna vaccine (for ages 18 and older). This is great news in the fight to end the COVID-19 pandemic. Since then, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released guidelines on who should or should not receive the vaccine. Click here for larger view The chance of having an allergic or adverse reaction to a vaccine is...

Fighting for Lights of Hope In a Year of Darkness

Like many organizations, Kids With Food Allergies (KFA), a division of the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) , has been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic. The food allergy community has been heavily impacted by several events of 2020: The public health emergency and economic recession caused by the COVID-19 pandemic Reduced production of allergy-friendly foods and food labeling changes due to the pandemic Record-breaking wildfires and health impacts related to natural disasters...

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...

Food Allergy Hero: 8-Year-Old Anthony Works to Advance Treatment

At only 8 years old, Anthony is on the cutting edge of science. He is in a clinical trial for food allergy research and shares his story to help Kids With Food Allergies (KFA). Anthony has multiple food allergies. He’s allergic to barley, wheat, eggs, tree nuts, and peanuts. By the time he reached age 4, he had been hospitalized three times because of allergic reactions. “Trying to imagine a ‘normal life’ for him through these challenges was difficult,” his mom, Kelli, said. “There were...

Advocacy Update: FDA Moves Forward on Sesame Labeling

Updates: On March 3, 2021, the Senate passed the recently reintroduced FASTER Act (S. 578). This means the FASTER Act is back on track to becoming law, helping to protect millions of Americans living with food allergies. Now the FASTER Act (H.R. 1202) needs to pass in the House. Read more and learn how you can ask your representative to support the FASTER Act in the House. On Dec. 9, 2020, the Senate passed the Food Allergy Safety, Treatment, Education, and Research Act of 2020, also called...

AAFA Releases Asthma Disparities in America Report

The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) released its Asthma Disparities in America report. This report looks at how asthma affects Black, Hispanic and American Indian/Alaska Native groups in the United States. These groups have the highest rates of asthma , hospital visits and asthma-related deaths. People with asthma often have other allergic diseases, like food allergies . Disparities exist in food allergies too. Black children are 7% more likely to have food allergies than...

Survey: Impacts of COVID-19 and the Flu on People With Allergies and Asthma

In March 2020, the World Health Organization classified COVID-19 as a global pandemic. This fall and winter, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) believes flu viruses and the new coronavirus that causes COVID-19 will spread at the same time. The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) * wants to hear about the experiences, perceptions and needs of people with allergies and asthma as they relate to COVID-19 and the flu. We hope to better serve the allergy and asthma...

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