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WestJet Flights to Carry EpiPen

Airline plans to have EpiPens available for emergency use on all of its flights by early 2011.

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Food tips for safe travel

Food Tips for Safe Travel

1. Bring food with you for the trip and the first couple of meals so you don’t have to shop when you arrive. 2.Bring along any specialty foods you may have trouble finding. 3.If you are crossing the border, check what you are allowed to bring with you. Most countries are OK with dried goods, […]

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Ski Vacation Tips

1.Look for ski-in, ski-out accommodations, close to the lifts. 2.Ensure the hill has a variety of runs to suit your family’s skiing abilities. 3.Check out what other activities they have for après ski for non-skiers. 4.If putting your child in lessons, make sure the instructor knows about the food allergies and keeps the auto-injector inside […]

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Have Kitchen, Will Hit Slopes

Our travel expert’s cool allergy-friendly places to ski.

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Teen Almost Kicked Off Plane

A mother’s request for a p.a. announcement about her teenage son’s peanut allergy almost got them thrown off a flight. The pilot’s concern? That the allergy was a flight risk.

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To the Alarm of the Allergic, Pets are Back in the Cabin

It was shortly after takeoff when Joanne Silver began to feel like she couldn’t breathe. The Ontario woman was on a WestJet flight to Saskatoon to visit family, her three kids seated behind her, when her eyes began to swell and she felt her airways tightening. Silver has had asthma most of her life, but […]

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Teen Almost Thrown Off Flight Over His Allergy

Maureen Neary and her 17-year-old son got on an Air Canada flight headed from Vancouver to Toronto on Sept. 7, 2010. She asked the flight attendant if it was possible to make a P.A. announcement asking passengers to refrain from opening peanut packages because of her son’s peanut allergy. The result of this request was […]

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Our Travel Guide: The Essential Check List

The Check List Medications including asthma inhalers, antihistamines and Auto-injector Safe Food Note from your doctor saying that you require an Auto-injector if you’re flying or crossing the border

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Our Travel Guide: Visiting Relatives Safely

Time with Friends and Family Be clear about your allergies. Socializing with out-of-town family or friends can be tricky because they may not fully understand the risks that food allergies present and the safeguards you or your child need. Be polite, clear and assertive – and never feel bad about saying no to a food […]

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Our Travel Guide: Accommodations

Hotels Ask for what you need. If you have a life-threatening allergy, tell the check-in clerk so he or she can put it on your file. Also double check that if you asked for a room with a kitchen, that’s what you’re getting. If you’re not sure where the closest medical facilities are, ask for […]

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