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PostPosted: Mon Jun 18, 2012 7:43 am 
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The European Academy of Allergy and Clinical Immunology (EAACI) launches the Food Allergy Campaign

Life-threatening allergic reactions in children, such as anaphylaxis, increased 7-fold in the last decade
A third of all allergic shocks in children occur for the first time at school with teachers largely unprepared
"International Minimum Standards for the Allergic Child at School" document pushes for minimum requirements for the safety of allergic children at school
Most common food allergies in children are egg, cow's milk and nuts
EAACI will work throughout 2012-2013 to establish the Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Guidelines for General Practitioners, Allergy Specialists, Food Industry as well as Primary Care workers and Community reference bodies

Today the European Academy of Allergy and Clinical Immunology (EAACI) launched its Food Allergy Campaign. The purpose of the campaign is to raise awareness of the sharp increase of anaphylaxis in children, an allergic reaction that is severe and potentially life-threatening. It aims at educating the public to recognise the symptoms and its triggers, and to teach methods of how to react in case of emergency, e.g. by using an adrenaline pen.

"The first element of this campaign is the launch of the International Minimum Standards for the Allergic Child at School document that establishes minimum requirements for the safety of allergic children at school. A third of all life-threatening allergic reactions occur at school where children are exposed to an environment of new foods and are at risk of coming into contact with trigger foods. We plan to have the standards established and the patient version of the International Minimum Standards for the Allergic Child at School document ready for publication in the next few months," announced Prof Cezmi Akdis, EAACI President.



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