Make Sure Your Child's School is Making the Grade With Food Allergies

August 23, 2005-- Posted at 3:05 PM CDT

NEW YORK, PRNewswire-- According to a study published in the Journal of School Nursing, conducted by the Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Network (FAAN), 94% of school nurses report having at least one child with food allergies in their schools. Therefore, the need for educating all students and school staff about these dangers has never been more important. Back to school time is a perfect window of opportunity to do this.

World-renowned pediatric allergist Hugh A. Sampson, interviewed in this VNR, and FAAN, a non-profit national organization, advise parents to meet early with their child's school to put an emergency action plan in place, to be sure food allergy concerns have been addressed and arrange to have an adequate supply of medicine and safe food available. FAAN also has a limited number of FREE food allergy information programs for elementary, intermediate, and high schools. It is a comprehensive, multimedia program that includes a video, an EpiPen(R) trainer, a poster, and a binder filled with more than 100 pages of information and standardized forms. Thousands of schools across the country have used it to safely and successfully manage their students with food allergies.

For more information on food allergies, you can contact the Food Allergy and

Anaphylaxis Network at  or 800-929-4040.

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