• CDC Releases Guidelines for Managing Food Allergies in Schools

    Food allergies are a growing food safety and public health concern that affect an estimated 4%–6% of children in the United States. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has developed The Voluntary Guidelines for Managing Food Allergies, which provide practical information and planning steps to develop or strengthen plans for food allergy management and prevention.

  • Egg Allergic Children Now Have No Barriers To Flu Shot

    Egg Allergic Children Now Have No Barriers To Flu Shot

    All children should have flu shots, even if they have an egg allergy, and it’s now safe to get them without special precautions. This finding is from the latest update on the safety of the flu vaccine for allergic patients, published in the October issue of the Annals of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology.

    The current recommendation from the CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices is to observe children allergic to eggs for 30 minutes after a flu shot. Also to have the shot under the care of a primary care provider, if the reaction to eating eggs is only hives, or an allergist, if the reaction to eating eggs is more serious.

  • Are You Ready For Halloween? Avoid The Danger Of Anaphylaxis.

    Are You Ready For Halloween? Avoid The Danger Of Anaphylaxis.

    Ghosts and goblins aren’t the only scary things your children might encounter this Halloween. For parents of kids with food allergies, Halloween treats—from candy to cookies—can be frightening too.

    Common allergens such as peanuts, tree nuts, milk and egg are often ingredients in Halloween treats. Some kids may experience a rash or red, itchy skin, vomiting, a stuffy, itchy nose, or diarrhea or stomach cramps if they eat a food to which they are allergic. For children who are severely allergic, a single bite of these foods may cause a life-threatening reaction called anaphylaxis.

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