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Tools to Head Back to School With Asthma and Allergies

If you have a child with asthma or food allergies, your school supply lists goes beyond pencils, paper and notebooks. They'll need inhalers, epinephrine auto-injectors, care plans, medical forms and safe snacks. Planning for the new school year can be overwhelming, but we've got plenty of resources for a safe school year.

The Tools You Need to Send Your Child With Asthma Back to School

The Tools You Need to Send Your Child With Food Allergies Back to School
We've just entered the peak of hurricane season. And while this season has been quiet so far, we still have three months left to go. If you have asthma and live in a hurricane-prone area, you need to be prepared no matter what. Check out these tips to help you avoid asthma episodes or attacks before, during and after a hurricane.
If you're feeling the effects of ragweed pollen right now, you are not alone. Around 25 million Americans are dealing with the sniffling, sneezing, coughing and wheezing that ragweed allergy can cause. But the more you know about ragweed pollen, the better chance you have of fighting it. Get to know this fall allergy offender a little better to help you find some relief. 
News & Research

FDA Approves First Generic Competitor of EpiPen® Epinephrine Auto-Injector

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has given Teva approval to create generic versions of the EpiPen® and EpiPen Jr.® Teva is the first company to get approval to market a generic EpiPen®. Read the FDA's press release.

FDA Extends Expiration Dates of Certain Lots of EpiPens®

Recently, some people have had trouble filling their prescriptions for epinephrine auto-injectors. Mylan, distributor of EpiPen®, and Kaléo, maker of AUVI-Q, both issued statements about the status of their supplies of epinephrine auto-injectors.

There is a nationwide shortage of EpiPens®. Read the statement from Mylan, distributor of EpiPen®.

This week, the FDA extended the expiration dates of certain lots of EpiPens® to help with the shortage. See if yours are on the list. 

Also, read a statement from Pfizer, maker of the Epi-Pen®, on the extension of the expiration dates.

Kaléo confirmed they have adequate supply of AUVI-Q. Read their statement.

If you are having trouble filling your epinephrine auto-injector prescription, there are other options available

CVS Sinus Relief Nasal Mist Recalled Due to Contamination

CVS Health 12 Hour Sinus Relief Nasal Mist has been recalled due to microbiological contamination. If you use this product, read this press release to see if you are affected

Groups Take a Stance Against Clean Power Plan Proposal

AAFA has joined nine other groups to send a letter to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to express concern about their plan to replace the Clean Power Plan. Read the letter and learn about the impact this could have on people with asthma.
Community Support
It is important to stay up-to-date on news about asthma and allergies. By joining our community and following our blog, you will receive ongoing information about managing your health. Our community also provides an opportunity to connect with other people who manage asthma and allergies.
Check out these popular topics on our community support forums. Do you have any advice to share?

Bronchial Thermoplasty
Bronchial thermoplasty is a procedure often used on people with severe asthma who are not responding to other treatments. One of our members would like to talk to others who have had the procedure. Have you had bronchial thermoplasty? What were your results? Visit our forums to share your experience.

Perfume Shops in Airports
Avoiding triggers is key to reducing your chances of having an asthma episode or attack. But some are harder to avoid, especially in public places. Do you have any advice for our member whose asthma is triggered by scents, especially when she travels?

For a Healthier Home

What Products Do You Buy to Make Your Home Healthier? We Want to Know!

We want to know more about the products you buy for your family and how they impact your homes’ health.

For only 15 minutes of your time, take our survey to help us better understand your experience with and thoughts about the asthma & allergy friendly® Certification Program. You'll be entered for a chance to win one of 10 $50 Amazon gift cards!

Take the survey by Sept. 7, 2018, to be eligible for the drawing. 

How You Can Make a Difference
Around 60 million people in the U.S. have asthma and allergies. That’s more than diabetes, cancer, coronary heart disease, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s combined. Through a donation to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, you can improve the lives of people with asthma and allergies. Your gift allows us to continue to offer life-saving information, support, advocacy and research to the millions managing these conditions every day. Your donation, no matter how small, makes a difference. Thank you!
Thank you for your continued support.
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