Putting a plan into place at school

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When your kids go off to school, you make sure they have everything – No. 2 pencils, yesterday’s homework, permission slips – and if they have life-threatening (severe) allergies, access to two EpiPen® (epinephrine injection, USP) or EpiPen Jr® (epinephrine injection, USP) Auto-Injectors. Because a life-threatening allergic reaction can happen anywhere, even at school. Get inspired by these parents who are doing what they can to make their kids’ schools safer places, especially when it comes to children with severe allergies.

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REAL PEOPLE. REAL STORIES. 

LIFE HAPPENS. Be Prepared.®

SCHOOL HAPPENS. Be Prepared. 

LANE:    My name is Lane. This is my daughter, Stephi. She has life-threatening allergies to peanuts and tree nuts.  She always avoids peanuts and tree nuts.  So, every school year we make sure that her teachers, the school nurse, the staff, they all know this is Stephi’s allergy. She needs to avoid these things  and this is her EpiPen® and this is how to use it.  

STEPHI: We have it step by step on a piece of paper…um…these are the things to avoid, these are the symptoms to watch for, this is how to use the EpiPen® and all of that. 

LANE: But I think her friends are pretty....

STEPHI: They’re pretty good about it. 

LANE: Yeah, they’re pretty good about it. 

STEPHI: And they help me watch out for the stuff I need to avoid. They could have peanut butter and they probably would like to, but instead they get like a ham sandwich or something.

MINDY: My name is Mindy, and my daughter, Ella, has life-threatening allergies to peanuts.  Her school is evolving into an allergy-sensitive environment. A few of us have actually gotten together and we’re starting a new committee, um, the Food Allergy Awareness Committee. So we’re hoping to make a difference in our school and create some more awareness. Her EpiPen Jrs® are always with us.  At school, we have them in the classroom. We have them in the nurse’s office. At home, we have them with us always. When you learn of this situation in such a young child you go immediately into protective mode. You will do whatever you need to do to make sure that your child is safe and to make sure people around you really understand that it is serious, that allergies are real. You have to have a plan, and it has to start with avoidance.

LIFE HAPPENS. ARE YOU PREPARED?

STEPHI: So, I always keep them in a bag.  We call it the EpiPen® bag. That’s just what it is.

LANE: I think it’s always going to be the EpiPen® bag.

STEPHI: And if I don’t have it, I feel like I don’t have my shoes on or something. It’s – it’s part of me.

LIFE HAPPENS. Be Prepared.®

What else can you do to be prepared? Try these useful tools.