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At School, Camp or Daycare

At School, Camp or Daycare

Classrooms, camps and daycare centers are common sites of severe, life-threatening allergic reactions (anaphylaxis), so it’s important that your child is prepared should one occur. In particular, managing food allergies in schools, at camp and in daycare centers can be challenging. But through education, communication and cooperation, anaphylaxis can be minimized in these settings. Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting those affected by food allergies and anaphylaxis. FARE makes resources available to parents, school administrators, teachers, school nurses, food service staff and camp staff, such as lunch suggestions and cleaning methods, to help keep kids with food allergies safe.

Requesting a 504 Plan

Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) are major pieces of federal legislation designed to protect the civil rights of individuals with disabilities. Under Section 504 and the ADA, a disability is an impairment that limits a major life activity — and that includes eating.

If your child’s school lacks a comprehensive policy on anaphylaxis and you want to document how teachers and other staff will need to accommodate your son or daughter, you may want to request a 504 plan.

Developed by the school in collaboration with you and your child, the plan will detail your child’s medical needs and the precautions that must be taken to keep him/her safe. It may also address the way snacks should be served and stored, how often your child should wash his/her hands, how the classroom should be cleaned and other issues.

Before creating a 504 plan for your child, school administrators may request medical documentation from an allergist or pediatrician.

Important Safety Information

EpiPen® (epinephrine) Auto-Injectors contain a single dose of epinephrine, which you inject into your outer thigh. DO NOT INJECT INTO YOUR VEIN, BUTTOCK, FINGERS, TOES, HANDS OR FEET. In case of accidental injection, please seek immediate medical treatment. Epinephrine should be used with caution if you have heart disease or are taking certain medicines that can cause heart-related (cardiac) symptoms.

Tell your doctor if you have certain medical conditions such as asthma, depression, thyroid disease, Parkinson’s disease, diabetes, high blood pressure and heart disease, have any other medical conditions, are pregnant or plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding or plan to breastfeed. Be sure to also tell your doctor all the medicines you take, especially medicines for asthma. If you have certain medical conditions, or take certain medicines, your condition may get worse or you may have longer lasting side effects when you take the EpiPen or EpiPen Jr Auto Injector.

The most common side effects may include increase in heart rate, stronger or irregular heartbeat, sweating, nausea and vomiting, difficulty breathing, paleness, dizziness, weakness or shakiness, headache, apprehension, nervousness or anxiety. These side effects usually go away quickly, especially if you rest.

Talk to your health care professional to see if EpiPen or EpiPen Jr Auto-Injector is right for you.

Indications

EpiPen® (epinephrine) 0.3 mg and EpiPen Jr® (epinephrine) 0.15 mg Auto-Injectors are for the emergency treatment of life-threatening allergic reactions (anaphylaxis) caused by allergens, exercise, or unknown triggers; and for people who are at increased risk for these reactions. EpiPen and EpiPen Jr are intended for immediate self administration as emergency supportive therapy only. Seek immediate emergency medical treatment after use.

You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit www.fda.gov/medwatch or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

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