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Help Us Fight the Flu!

Flu season is here and there are already high numbers of cases in several southern states, DC, and New York. Now is the ideal time to get your flu shot to help protect you and other people around you. People with asthma are at higher risk of serious health problems from the flu. Join Kenneth Mendez, AAFA's CEO and President (pictured below), and the rest of the AAFA staff as we get our flu vaccines and take steps to #fightflu

Eczema and Its Impact

Are you one of the 16 million people in the U.S. with eczema? If so, then you know the impact it can have on every aspect of life. During National Eczema Awareness Month, we have been raising awareness about the disease through the More Than Skin Deep project. Learn more about eczema's impact, read the report, and help raise awareness.

[Sponsored] 2022 Allergy-Friendly Halloween Candy Guide

If you have a child with food allergies or want to hand out allergy-friendly treats this Halloween, check out our 2022 Allergy-Friendly Halloween Candy Guide. Or consider items from our list of non-food treats, such as stickers or small toys.

This is a sponsored post and is not an endorsement of any company or its products, nor is it a guarantee of a product’s safety. The funding we received for this advertisement helps support our no-cost food allergy programs.

The Dirty Truth About Cleaning

A regular cleaning routine can help reduce allergens and asthma triggers like mold, dust mites, and animal dander. But how you clean may actually be spreading asthma triggers and make your asthma worse. See our tips for cleaning when you have asthma and our list of CERTIFIED asthma & allergy friendly® cleaning products that can help you improve the air quality throughout your home.


AAFA Presents at White House Summit on Indoor Air Quality

AAFA's CEO and President, Kenneth Mendez, was a panelist at the White House Summit on Indoor Air Quality. He shared why healthy indoor air quality is so crucial to people living with asthma and allergies. Watch the video.

AAFA Applauds Major Investment in Clean School Buses to Help Children With Asthma

AAFA helped promote the clean school bus program and is thrilled that the EPA granted nearly double the funding this year. The program will support 389 school districts to upgrade their school buses to reduce air pollution. “This funding will allow school districts across the country to reduce both greenhouse gas emissions and air pollution and will be especially beneficial to the nearly 6 million children in the United States with asthma,” says Kenneth Mendez, AAFA President and CEO. “Asthma is the most common chronic condition in children and one of the leading causes of hospitalizations and school absenteeism.”

Black and Hispanic Children Are at a Higher Risk of Developing Asthma Across All Neighborhoods (and Income Levels)

A recent study examining asthma in children showed that Black and Hispanic children are at greater risk for developing asthma than white children no matter their family income level. AAFA spoke with Dr. Cindy Visness, the principal researcher for this national asthma health disparity study.

Survey for People With Asthma in Southern California

Do you or your children have asthma? Please participate in our 2022 Community Asthma Needs Assessment. This survey will assess the needs of people living in Southern California with asthma, help prioritize their unmet health needs, and act as the foundation for future lung health initiatives. Take the survey now.

AAFA is not directly involved in this clinical research. We are sharing this information from Breathe Southern California with our community.

New Report Highlights the Needs of People Living With Food Allergies

On Oct. 20, the Food Allergy Collaborative (FAC) released the Voice of the Patient Report: Food Allergies. This report highlights what is important to people living with food allergies. These perspectives can help guide critical new therapies and improve policies desperately needed by the food allergy community. Read the report to learn more about the needs of people living with food allergies.
The cover of the Voice of the Patient Report: Food Allergies


Why Do I Need to Rinse My Mouth After Using an Inhaler?

Did you know you should rinse your mouth out after using certain inhalers? An allergist explains why you shouldn't skip this important step.

Skin Irritation With New Body Wash

How do you find personal hygiene products that don't irritate your skin and contain your allergens? One community member is dealing with unexplained irritation from a common ingredient in personal products and would like to know how to find safer options. Can you help? If so, go to our community to share your experience.
Do you have a question about asthma or allergies? Submit your question to our Ask the Allergist service. You can also chat with other people with asthma and allergies on our online community for support.


An asthma or allergy diagnosis can be concerning, but it can be managed with support from your health care team and the many resources AAFA offers. Everything we do is in service of helping people with asthma and allergies, their families and their communities. We elevate the voice of the patient always, and without fail, put their interests first.

For 69 years, we've served the asthma and allergy community. Please consider donating today to support our mission to save lives and reduce the burden that asthma and allergies put on people and their families.



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Did You Miss Our Previous Newsletter?

Check out our previous issues to learn about the 2022 Asthma Capitals, managing ragweed pollen allergy, Voice of the Patient report on childhood asthma, and more.
Stay tuned... We have big news coming in November!

Thank you for your continued support.

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