In honor of Sabrina Shannon, Megan Ayotte Lefort, Katelyn Carlson, and Amarria Johnson who died of their allergies, children in schools should be given access to life saving epi-pen injectors in the event of an allergy whether their is an action plan in place or not.
Children with food allergies are at risk for anaphylaxis, a serious life threatening reaction that can rapidly close the airways of a child, causing death. Nearly 6 million American children have potentially life threatening allergies. Many families do not know that their child has a life threatening allergy until the first reaction, which can be deadly if not treated quickly.
This is why it is important to be certain that life saving Epi-pens can be made available at school to all children in the case of an allergic reaction. The lives of the above listed children, and many other children, might have been saved if an Epi-pen was available to them.
The School Access to Emergency Epinephrine Act is endorsed by the Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Network, the Academy of Pediatrics, and the National Association of School Nurses, and introduced by Senators Dick Durbin and Mark Kirk.
The cost to schools is just over $100.00 to make epinephrine available to prevent an unnecessary death of a child. Please sign this petition to urge the U.S. Senate to pass this Act and save the lives of our children. Thank you!