H.R. 2063

Posted on: Fri, 04/11/2008 - 5:17am
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I don't know more about it, but it sounds like a step in the right direction!

Posted on: Sun, 05/18/2008 - 10:19am
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Here is some more info from FAAN.
[url="http://www.foodallergy.org/Advocacy/FAAMA.html"]http://www.foodallergy.org/Advocacy/FAAMA.html[/url]
FAAN is encouraging everyone to call or email their US Senators to ask them to support this. They have even provided a form letter that you can modify to fit your families situation.
Here is a copy of the letter that I sent to my 2 US Senators.
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The Honorable Arlen Specter
United States Senate
Washington, DC 20510
Dear Senator Specter,
My family and I are extremely pleased by the recent passage of the Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Management Act by the House of Representatives. I am writing to ask that you co-sponsor and strongly support the companion legislation in the Senate, S.1232, introduced by Senator Christopher Dodd.
We have 2 children that have peanut and tree nut allergies, one is 8 yo and the other is almost 3. I am so proud of my 8 yo, he reads labels on foods and will refuse to eat anything that he can not read the label on, so he can be certain that their are no nuts or tree nuts in it. He will even turn down a piece of birthday cake, he knows that any foods from a bakery are not safe since in bakeries there is a large risk of cross contamination. This will go a long way in helping to protect him but I am still frightened that one day he will eat something that has cross contamination of nuts or tree nuts and he will have a life threatening allergic reaction while at school. Even more frightening is the thought of my youngest entering school. She will be too young to read, so will have to trust that the adults in the school will protect her from eating anything with peanuts and tree nuts. I am sure that no one would intentionally give her something she is allergic to but what if she is accidentally given something with Peanuts and Tree Nuts in it? For my son and my daughter I worry, will the teachers and other staff members be able to recognize the symptoms of a life threatening allergic reaction quickly enough, and administer the epi pen in a timely manner? I am not sure.
I have asked my sons school for a copy of their food allergy policy and was shocked to be informed that there was not one.
An estimated 2.2 million school-age children suffer from food allergies, for which there is no cure. Avoiding any and all products with allergy-causing ingredients is the only way to prevent potentially life-threatening reactions. Reactions often occur at school, including severe anaphylaxis, which can kill within minutes unless epinephrine (adrenaline) is administered. Deaths from anaphylaxis are strongly associated with delays in the administration of epinephrine.
The importance of managing life-threatening food allergies in the school setting has been recognized by: the American Medical Association, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the National Association of School Nurses, the National Association of Elementary School Principals, the National School Boards Association, the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology, and the American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology.
Unfortunately, there are no consistent, standardized guidelines to help schools safely manage students with the disease.
S.1232 would require the Secretary of Health and Human Services to develop and make available a voluntary policy to manage the risk of food allergy and anaphylaxis in schools.
Passage of S.1232 is critically important to ensure the safety of my children and the other 2.2 million food-allergic school-age children across the country. Please co-sponsor the bill and work for its passage.
I will be happy to talk with your staff about this important legislation and can be reached at ***-***-****.
Cristy M

Posted on: Sun, 05/18/2008 - 12:55pm
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Did you know a children, teenager and adult can have a service dog if they use a Epipen. This type of service dogs are called Epipen Response Dog
You will need to self-train your own Epipen Response Dog most breeds are not x small or small dogs that are use.
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Some people don't think using a Epipen is a disability but it is because the dog help the person. This type of service dog is so new that people don't believe it any type of service dog. Remember that lots of different kinds of service dog at one time or another people didn't think they were a service dog that needed to be out in public but now they are. email me for more information [email]servicedogtaffy@hotmail.com[/email] these type of service dog can save a child, teenager and adult life.

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