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Hand-Washing Vs. Hand Sanitizer: Protecting Your Family From COVID-19 and Other Illnesses

Cleaning your hands often is one of the easiest and best ways to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus that causes COVID-19 . It can also help reduce the spread of the flu, colds and other respiratory infections . It can also help you prevent foodborne illnesses while cooking, such as salmonella. Hand-washing can also reduce the chance of food allergy reactions from cross-contact on surfaces. The average person touches their face about 23 times an hour. 1 Your hands come in contact with...

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

Schools face major challenges as they reopen for the 2020-2021 school year. To help reduce the spread of the new coronavirus that causes COVID-19 among staff and students, schools will follow new policies and practices. This causes many parents to wonder how this will affect their child with food allergies or asthma . In most school districts, we can expect to see policies about face coverings or masks, physical distancing and cleaning. These new policies may affect how schools handle food...

Strides in Food Allergy Advocacy

Even though 32 million Americans have food allergies, protections for people with food allergies are still lacking. The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) and its division Kids With Food Allergies (KFA) have been advocating for better food allergy awareness and for ways to prevent severe allergic reactions. Engagement With FDA During COVID-19 – AAFA is leading a coalition of 13 other food allergy organizations to respond to the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) "Temporary...

Unpacking Food Allergy Bias During a New Turning Point in the Struggle for Racial Equality

By Kafi Drexel Brown Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, Public Relations Director I have a confession. While health and wellness have been a longtime focus of my life and work, I didn’t give food allergies much thought until I joined the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) as its public relations director. It also didn’t hit me how odd it is I haven’t considered food allergies an important factor in my life until having a conversation with a colleague about how racial...

Healthline Names Kids With Food Allergies’ Blog as One of the Best Allergy Blogs of 2020

We are proud to announce that the Kids With Food Allergies’ blog has once again been named one of the best allergy blogs by Healthline for 2020! Healthline is a health site with information on many different health topics. We have received this honor every year since 2012. Comment below to tell us what you want to see more of on our blog! We will continue to use our blog to bring you information about: The latest food allergy news and research Advocacy alerts on issues that affect the food...

Letter to the FDA: Require Food Manufacturers to Post Substitutions

Update: We are pleased to announce that on June 18, 2020, the FDA responded to our joint letter on their temporary labeling guidelines. They released a list of FAQs to help clear up confusion. The FDA is making it clear that: Any substitution that involves a top 8 allergen recognized by law and those identified as “priority allergens” by other countries including sesame, celery, lupin, buckwheat, molluscan shellfish and mustard must require a label change by manufacturers and vendors The...

Read the Latest Issue of freshAAIR™ – a Digital Magazine for People With Allergies and Asthma

The Spring/Summer 2020 issue of freshAAIR™ Magazine – a digital magazine from the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) for people with allergies and asthma – is available! (Kids With Food Allergies is a division of AAFA.) Read the Spring/Summer 2020 freshAAIR issue Here are some of the topics we cover in this issue: COVID-19 and the global health crisis 2020 Allergy Capitals™: the most challenging cities to live in with seasonal allergies AAFA and MedicAlert's goal to reduce...

Why You Need to Know How to Use Epinephrine to Treat Food Allergy Reactions

May is National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month . May 10-16, 2020, is Food Allergy Awareness Week. The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) and MedicAlert have teamed up to help you manage your child’s food allergies and prevent severe allergic reactions. (Kids With Food Allergies is a division of AAFA). We’re asking you to “ACT” to manage your child’s allergies: “A” means have an action plan for anaphylaxis. “C” reminds you to carry important medicines and have your child wear...

Why It's Important to Carry Epinephrine With You Everywhere You Go When You Have Food Allergies

May is National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month . May 10-16, 2020, is Food Allergy Awareness Week. The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) and MedicAlert have teamed up to help you manage your child’s food allergies and prevent severe allergic reactions. (Kids With Food Allergies is a division of AAFA). We’re asking you to “ACT” to manage your child’s allergies: “A” means have an action plan for anaphylaxis. “C” reminds you to carry important medicines and have your child wear...

How an Action Plan Can Help You Treat Anaphylaxis

May is National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month . May 10-16, 2020, is Food Allergy Awareness Week. The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) and MedicAlert have teamed up to help you manage your child’s food allergies and prevent severe allergic reactions. (Kids With Food Allergies is a division of AAFA). We’re asking you to “ACT” to manage your child’s allergies: “A” means have an action plan for anaphylaxis. “C” reminds you to carry important medicines and have your child wear...

Easy Ways to Raise Awareness About Food Allergies

Help us raise awareness about food allergies May 10-16, Food Allergy Awareness Week . Around 26 million American adults and 5.6 million children have food allergies. Anaphylaxis, a severe allergic reaction , causes 30,000 emergency department visits each year. With the right education and treatment, we can help people manage food allergies to reduce medical emergencies. The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) and the MedicAlert Foundation have teamed up this year to help people...

Join Us for Our Twitter Chat on How to Prepare for Anaphylaxis

Join Kids With Food Allergies (KFA) and the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (AAAAI) on Monday, May 11, 2020, at noon ET for a Twitter chat on preparing for and treating anaphylaxis, a severe allergic reaction . Follow @kfatweets and @AAAAI_org and use the hashtag #foodallergy101 to join the conversation. KFA, AAAAI and other experts will answer questions about: What is a food allergy? What is the best way to tell if someone has a food allergy? How can I prevent food...

COVID-19 and Its Impact on Families Managing Food Allergies: A Global Health Crisis

The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) has been fighting to save lives for nearly 70 years. With your support, we provide education, conduct patient-centered research and advocate for protections for our food allergy community. Our experience and strong community ties allowed us to take prompt action on the COVID-19 crisis . (Kids With Food Allergies is a division of AAFA.) Thanks to your generous support, we are leading the fight against COVID-19 for families managing food...

ACT for Food Allergy: AAFA and MedicAlert Join Forces for National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month

More than 32 million people in the United States have food allergies. About 5.6 million are children. And children with food allergies are two to four times more likely to have asthma or other allergic diseases. COVID-19 (the new coronavirus) has impacted our food supply, making it harder for people with food allergies to buy safe food. To kick off National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month , the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) and the MedicAlert Foundation have partnered to...

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