CA members, please support AB 1137
[b]Action Alert from West Coast Allergy and Asthma Network: [/b]
State Bill AB 1137, California School Allergy and Asthma Emergencies Act of 2006, introduced by Assembly Member Mervyn Dymally
Current policy in California does not adequately address the needs of children with severe allergies or asthma who suffer life-threatening emergencies at public schools or licensed child care centers.
Severe food allergies currently affect three to eight percent of children (representing an estimated 203,000 to 541,000 children in California), and the prevalence of the disease is increasing. Peanut allergy alone doubled in children from 1997 to 2002
It is estimated that one in five children with food allergy will experience a reaction in school. What is more, research suggests that as many as 25% of all allergic reactions in school are first-time reactions i.e., involving children with no known allergic condition
Of people who have asthma during their lifetime, 80% have the onset by 5 years of age. In California, 784,000 children under age 17 have had asthma symptoms in the past year, an increase of 210% since 1980. According to the California Health Kids Survey (2001-2003), California