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Your Participation Can Help Others With Asthma and Allergies

Wouldn’t you love to play a role in improving the lives of those with asthma and allergies? We want to give you a chance to do just that. If you or a family member has asthma and/or allergies, we are looking for motivated people to help us improve patient participation in research. We believe it is important for the people living with these conditions to have a voice and influence the direction of important research and education.

Please fill out our interest survey. Based on your answers, we will match you with opportunities that can include:
  • Becoming an advisor on important research, working side by side with AAFA, scientists and/or researchers
  • Reviewing content
  • Pilot testing research
  • Joining research studies (including clinical trials)
Some opportunities involve a reward of gift cards for each activity completed.

We have an immediate need for advisors on a research study that is looking into experiences and health care decisions of people with asthma and their families. If you are selected as a patient or caregiver for that project, you will also be entered into a bi-annual drawing for a $200 gift card as long as you remain on the advisory council.

We may have other opportunities you can participate in as well. Thank you for helping us improve the quality of life for people with asthma and allergies.

Are You Ready for the New School Year?

It’s time to start planning for the new school year if you have a child with asthma. AAFA has several resources for parents, teachers, school nurses and staff to help you manage your child’s asthma at school. Find tips, downloadable resources, webinars and more.

Help Us Save Lives by Supporting the School-Based Respiratory Health Management Act

Because quick-relief medicines for asthma, like albuterol, are only available by prescription, children have died from asthma attacks that happened while at school when they didn’t have access to their medicines. Other children have been punished for saving the lives of their classmates who had asthma attacks. Current laws prevent schools from stocking quick-relief medicines without prescriptions and hold other students and school staff liable who act to help students having asthma attacks.

AAFA is committed to making sure every student can breathe easy. We support the School-Based Respiratory Health Management Act, H.R. 2285, which would protect students with asthma. This bill would encourage schools to stock life-saving albuterol without a prescription.

Join us by letting your representatives know how important this law is. Our simple website tool makes it easy for you to send them a message through email, social media or by phone. 

Facebook Live Chat: Back to School With Food Allergies

Join Kids With Food Allergies and Michael Pistiner, MD, MMSc, for a Facebook Live Chat on heading back to school with food allergies. Dr. Pistiner, a pediatric allergist, will answer your questions on how to prepare for the new school year while keeping your child with food allergies safe.

WHEN: Thursday, August 3, 2017

TIME: 1-1:30 pm Eastern (10-10:30 pm Pacific)

WHERE: Kids With Food Allergies Facebook page from your computer, iOS or Android device
Facebook Live Chat: Back to School With Food Allergies
News & Research

August Is National Immunization Awareness Month

If you have asthma, you need to take extra precautions to avoid respiratory infections, like the flu and pneumococcal disease. One of the best ways you can protect yourself by getting vaccinated. Flu season will start in October, so now is a great time to start planning to get your annual flu shot.

You only need the pneumococcal vaccine once with an occasional booster shot. You may have received this vaccine in the past. If you aren’t sure if you’ve had the pneumococcal vaccine, talk to your doctor. 

How Does the Weather Affect Your Asthma?

Weather can be a common trigger for many with asthma. Learn how weather, like thunderstorms and rain, can aggravate asthma and how you can watch the weather to manage your symptoms.
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