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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 Dec. 9, 2020, the Senate passed the Food Allergy Safety, Treatment, Education, and Research Act of 2020, also called the FASTER Act (S. 3451) . This bill expands the definition of major allergens to include sesame and would increase federal funding for food allergy research. Because this Senate version of the bill is slightly different than the House version (H.R. 2117), the House will need to vote on Senate version before it can be signed into law. If passed by the House, the...

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...

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.

Back to School: Creating a Healthy Environment for Students and Staff With Asthma and Allergies (Video and Resources)

The MedicAlert Foundation and Kenneth Mendez, CEO and president of the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) , hosted a webinar on how parents and school staff can prepare for the new school year. They answered questions and shared resources on how to create a school that is food allergy and asthma friendly while preventing the spread of the virus that causes COVID-19 . Watch on YouTube Resources Food Allergies Keeping Students With Food Allergies Safe at School COVID-19 Guidelines...

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 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...

Back to School: Creating a Healthy Environment for Students and Staff With Asthma and Allergies (Webinar)

School staff and parents are dealing with many challenges this school year because of COVID-19 . Policies and procedures may affect students and staff with food allergies and asthma. Join the MedicAlert Foundation and Kenneth Mendez, CEO and president of the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) , for a webinar on how parents and school staff can prepare for the new school year. (Kids With Food Allergies is a division of AAFA.) RSVP now to join us for the MedicAlert LIVE Healthy...

Understanding How COVID-19 Could Affect School Health Care Plans for Food Allergies

We know we can expect physical distancing, extra hand-washing , face masks or coverings , and other policies this school year due to the new coronavirus . As a parent of a child with food allergies, you may also need to make changes to your child’s school health care plan. What Is a School Health Care Plan? A school health care plan is a document (or set of documents) that outlines your child’s food allergy and how it should be managed while at school. A school health care plan can help...

Handwashing 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. Handwashing 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...

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A Division of the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America
1235 South Clark Street Suite 305, Arlington, VA 22202
Phone: 1-800-7-ASTHMA (1.800.727.8462)
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