The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) cautions parents raising children with food allergies that some scenes in the newly-released “Peter Rabbit” film may be disturbing for young viewers with food allergies. In the film, a character with a known food allergy to blackberries is attacked with them. This leads to a severe allergic reaction known as anaphylaxis and the need to use a lifesaving injection of the drug epinephrine.
The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) has appointed Kenneth Mendez as its president and chief executive officer, effective January 22, 2018. Mendez has built his career in senior leadership by successfully growing the reach of numerous non-profit organizations, a track record he now brings to AAFA in support of its mission to improve the health and quality of life for more than 60 million Americans with asthma and allergies.
The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) believes your voice is valuable part of asthma research. And we want to empower people with asthma, caregivers and health care providers to take an active role in research. Promoting Asthma Patient Engagement in Research (PAPER) is a new research project from AAFA and the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI). Through this project, you can influence research that improves asthma understanding and treatment.
If you have asthma or allergies, it is important to have health insurance. Medicines, lab tests, lung function tests and visits to see a specialist all add up. What do you need to know about your insurance options during open enrollment this year?
Health care reform has been a big topic in the news during the past few months. With so much news on the topic, it can get confusing, especially during the federal Health Insurance Marketplace’s open enrollment. Here are some things to know about health care for 2018.
After a natural disaster with flooding, people with asthma and allergies need to take extra precautions as they begin cleanup efforts. Long after waters have receded, flood waters can leave behind chemicals, bacteria, viruses and mold. These can create long-term health issues if you have asthma and allergies.
Many of our members in Houston, and the surrounding areas, have been and continue to be affected by Hurricane Harvey. Our hearts go out to them, wishing them safety in the weeks ahead. Hurricane Harvey makes clear the critical requirement to have emergency response in disaster situations address the needs of those on allergen-restricted/special medical diets, as well as those managing asthma throughout this disaster.
Asthma is the leading chronic disease in children. It is also the top reason for missed school days. If your child has asthma, know what forms your school requires for managing medications and asthma episodes at school. You must send a new set of signed forms to their school each year.
As you get ready to send your child with asthma back to school, add one more item to the top of your list: Get the flu and pneumococcal vaccines. If your child has asthma, they should get both the flu and pneumococcal vaccines. These shots can go a long way toward keeping your child healthy this school year.
June 19, 2017 As leading public health, patient advocacy, nursing and medical organizations, we reiterate our longstanding commitment to addressing climate change as a public health issue. The statement below articulates our consensus on the health impacts of climate change and the need for action to protect the public’s health. The health impacts of climate change demand immediate action. The science is clear ; communities across the nation are experiencing the health impacts of climate...
The School-Based Respiratory Health Management Act, H.R. 2285, was filed on May 2, 2017, in the U.S. House of Representatives. This bill would require states to also have laws that allow schools to keep asthma quick-relief medicines on hand. Learn more about this bill and how to get involved.
Our government is voting on replacing the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) with the American Health Care Act (AHCA). If the AHCA passes as it is written now, millions of Americans could lose access to health care. Learn how to take action.
Please help us tailor our programs and services to your needs and the needs of the asthma and allergy communities by completing our 2017 Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America Consumer Feedback Survey. This survey should take about 20-30 minutes of your time, and all results will be kept completely anonymous. Upon finishing the survey, you’ll have the opportunity to enter a drawing for a $100 gift card. Ten winners will be selected.
Nearly 24 million Americans have asthma. And more than 50 million have allergies. So chances are you or someone you know has an allergic disease. The best way to support those with these diseases is by helping everyone understand them better. Help us raise awareness about asthma and allergies with an Asthma Warrior T-shirt and a #KEEPITTEAL bracelet. These are a great way to start conversations with others about these diseases. Check out these products and more on our online store. Thanks to...
As part of Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month, we are hosting a photo contest May 1-31. Post your photos showing us how you overcome asthma and allergies. Your photo will be featured on our tackleasthma.org page. You could win a “healthier home” package of asthma & allergy friendly ® Certified products . How Can I Participate? Take a picture showing how you live with asthma or allergies every day. Upload your photo to Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or our community photo albums between May...