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AAFA's Experts Help FDA and NIH Address Safety of Asthma Medications During Pregnancy and Lactation

Asthma is one of the most common medical problems that occurs during pregnancy. It can be potentially serious. Asthma can get worse during pregnancy and lead to problems like high blood pressure, early labor and delivery, and low birth weight. Asthma can even cause death. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) tracks pregnancy-related deaths (from any cause) in the United States in a system called the Pregnancy Mortality Surveillance System (PMSS) . The rate of maternal deaths...

The COVID-19 Vaccine: The Latest Information for People With Asthma and Allergies

Updates as of March 8, 2021: Added information on the Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) vaccine, ingredients, side effects, and who can get it As more information becomes available, we will continue to update our community. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has authorized three COVID-19 vaccines for emergency use from Pfizer-BioNTech , Moderna , and Johnson & Johnson (made by Janssen) . Other vaccines also are being tested and reviewed. Following the FDA's decisions, the Center for...

2021 Allergy Capitals™ Report: Where Does Your City Rank?

Does a change in season cause you to have a stuffy nose and watery, itchy eyes? Do you find yourself sneezing a lot during the spring and fall? If so, you may live in an Allergy Capital™. The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) has released the 2021 Allergy Capitals™ report . This report ranks the top 100 most challenging cities in the continental United States to live with seasonal pollen allergies. The report includes both spring and fall data to create a ranking of the top 100...

AAFA Advocacy Recap and What’s Next in 2021

The year 2020 was unlike any other – filled with loss and uncertainty for so many. With the nation still rocked by a global pandemic, this year is proving to be no different. Despite many obstacles, the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) remains committed to advocating for the asthma and allergy community. Last year, we led and took part in more than 20 different coalitions working together to move bills through Congress and state governments. Four of the bills AAFA championed...

Congress Passes School-Based Allergies and Asthma Management Program Act

Update: It's official! On Jan. 5, 2021, the president signed the School-Based Allergies and Asthma Management Program Act into law. Thank you to our community. Your efforts helped to get this bill signed into law, which will help thousands of students with asthma and allergies and their families nationwide. AAFA Celebrates Major Advocacy Win! Congress Passes School-Based Allergies and Asthma Management Program Act, H.R. 2468 Law gives greater protections and resources to students with asthma...

AAFA’s Medical Scientific Council Shares Statement on Early Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine Safety Questions for People With Allergies

"Recent media reports of reactions to the new Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine, first out of the U.K. and now one report in the United States are stirring safety concerns for people with a history of serious allergies. It’s important to remember that we still don’t have the full details regarding the specifics of any of these reported reactions. Allergists, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are all keeping an eye on these...

Asthma Diagnosis, Management, and Treatment in the U.S. Is Changing – What the New Guidelines Say

On Dec. 3, 2020, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) announced updates to the clinical guidelines used to diagnose and manage asthma. The new guidelines are titled "The 2020 Focused Updates to the Asthma Management Guidelines: A Report from The National Asthma Education and Prevention Program Expert Panel Working Group." The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), part of the NIH, oversaw the National Asthma Education and Prevention Program Coordinating Committee (NAEPPCC) and...

Asthma Impacts on American Indian/Alaska Native People

The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America report on Asthma Disparities in America looks at the burden of asthma on racial/ethnic groups in the United States. Health disparities are preventable health differences between groups of people. Health disparities are higher burdens of illness or death linked to social, economic, and environmental disadvantages. For example, if one group of people has a higher rate of asthma than another group of people, it is an asthma disparity. This month is...

How Can You Tell the Difference Between COVID-19, a Cold, the Flu, Allergies and Asthma?

Cold and flu season is here, and the new coronavirus that causes COVID-19 is still spreading. With every cough or sniffle, you may wonder if it’s asthma or allergies, the flu, the common cold or even COVID-19. But how can you tell the difference? The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) has created a respiratory symptoms chart to help you recognize the difference between these conditions. Click to see larger image (English) Click to see larger image (Spanish) Asthma Symptoms...

House Passes Bill Protecting Students With Asthma and Allergies, Moves to Senate for Vote

Update: It's official! On Jan. 5, 2021, the president signed the School-Based Allergies and Asthma Management Program Act into law. Thank you to our community. Your efforts helped to get this bill signed into law, which will help thousands of students with asthma and allergies and their families nationwide. On Sept. 29, 2020, the House of Representatives passed the School-Based Allergies and Asthma Management Program Act (H.R. 2468) . If passed by the Senate and signed into law by the...

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