Food Allergy Awareness Week. Were you aware that...

  • Food allergies affect as many as 15 million Americans

  • Nearly 6 million or 8% of children are affected

  • 1 in every 13 children, or roughly 2 in every classroom may have a food allergy

  • 25% of allergic reactions occur in schools involve children not known to have an allergy before

  • Food allergy results in more than 300,000 pediatric ambulatory care visits a year

  • Every 3 minutes, a food allergic reaction sends someone in the U.S. to the emergency room

  • 8 foods cause 90% of all food allergy reactions in the U.S.: milk, eggs, soy, wheat, peanut, tree nuts, fish, shellfish

  • Strict avoidance is the only way to prevent an allergic reaction

  • Read food/ingredient labels

  • Wear a Medical ID bracelet

  • Symptoms of a food-allergic reaction can include hives, swelling (face, mouth, throat), itching, cough, shortness of breath, chest tightness, vomiting, diarrhea, low blood pressure, shock and death

  • 90% of all fatal food allergic reactions are from peanut and nuts—Don’t take this allergy lightly!

  • The treatment for anaphylaxis is Epinephrine and not an antihistamine like Benadryl

  • Have 2 self-injectable epinephrine devices available at all times

  • Have an Anaphylaxis Action Plan

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