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5 Ways to Show Your #TealLove to Someone With Asthma or Allergies This Valentine's Day

AAFA Community Services ·
Valentine's Day is the time of year when you show your loved ones how much they mean to you. However, many typical gifts and activities can be asthma or allergy triggers. #TealLove means choosing gifts that are allergy and asthma friendly.
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AAFA Blog Named One of Best Asthma Blogs of 2018

AAFA Community Services ·
We are proud to announce that the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America’s blog has again been named one of the best asthma blogs by Healthline in 2018! Healthline is a health site with information on many health topics.
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AAFA Blog Selected as One of the Best Asthma Blogs of 2017

AAFA Community Services ·
We are proud to announce that the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America’s blog has been named one of the best asthma blogs of 2017 by Healthline ! Healthline is a health site with information on several different topics. We could not have received this honor without all of our supporters and members. Our blog will continue to bring you information about asthma and allergic diseases like: Asthma and allergy news and research Managing allergic diseases Inspiring stories Medicine recalls...
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AAFA Mourns the Passing of Congressman Elijah Cummings, Asthma and Allergy Advocate

AAFA Community Services ·
On Oct. 17, 2019, Representative Elijah Cummings (D-MD) passed away. Representative Cummings was an influential voice in support of people with asthma and allergies.
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AAFA Names 15 States to 2016 State Honor Roll™ of Asthma and Allergy Policies for Schools

AAFA Community Services ·
The 2016 State Honor Roll™ of Asthma and Allergy Policies for Schools (SHR) report identifies states that make it a priority to create healthy school settings for students with asthma and allergies. This annual report lists states with comprehensive laws and policies aimed at keeping children with asthma and allergies healthy at school.
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AAFA's Blog Named One of Healthline's Best Asthma Blogs of 2019

AAFA Community Services ·
We are honored that the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America’s blog has again been named one of the best asthma blogs by Healthline for 2019! Healthline is a health site with information on many health topics.
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Advances in Asthma and Allergies in 2019

AAFA Community Services ·
These are just a few things we were able to do this year for the asthma and allergy community because of you. But there is more for us to do to significantly reduce the burden of these diseases on people with asthma and allergies. And we can with your help.
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Back-to-School: Students and Asthma Inhalers

AAFA Community Services ·
Did you know your state allows students to self-carry a quick-relief asthma inhaler while at school? Every state has a policy that allows students in public schools to self-carry, although each has its own procedures. This applies to every state in the U.S. Now is the time of year to get your school forms signed by your child's doctor. These forms include your child's asthma action plan and medication authorization form. Asthma is the leading cause of school absences due to a chronic...
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CERTIFIED Baby Mattress Creates a Healthier Environment for Infants With Asthma and Allergies

AAFA Community Services ·
Pure Zees recently announced the expansion of its innovative asthma & allergy friendly® mattresses into the U.S. market, unveiling a new U.S. website to help roll out multiple related products through 2020. The Irish-based company has secured coveted certification for their signature infant mattress from both Allergy Standards Limited of Ireland (ASL) and The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA).
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Does Your School Stock Medicine for Asthma Emergencies?

AAFA Community Services ·
Does your state allow schools to stock quick-relief medicines for asthma? Quick-relief medicines , such as albuterol, act fast to relax tight muscles around your airways. This allows the airways to open up so air can flow through them. Congress is considering a law to encourage states to permit these “ albuterol stocking ” school policies . The School-Based Asthma Management Programs Act builds upon a similar law that encourages states to require schools to stock epinephrine auto-injectors.
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Dr. Philip Norman: An AAFA Tribute to an Allergy Legend

AAFA Community Services ·
If you’ve ever benefited from immunotherapy (allergy shots, SLIT or oral immunotherapy), you can thank Dr. Philip Sidney Norman. Dr. Norman put allergy research on the map. He is known as the “father of modern immunotherapy for allergic disease” and even coined the term “allergen immunotherapy.” As an allergist and researcher for more than 50 years, he published 237 research papers and more than 100 book chapters and reviews. And for many decades, he was an important part of AAFA.
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Easy Ways to Raise Awareness About Asthma and Allergies

AAFA Community Services ·
Help us raise awareness about asthma and allergies during May, National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month . About 25 million people in the U.S. have asthma. And around 32 million Americans have food allergies. Asthma alone causes 1.8 million emergency department visits each year. And severe allergic reactions cause 30,000 emergency department visits. With the right education and treatment, we can help people manage asthma and allergies to reduce medical emergencies. The Asthma and Allergy...
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Elijah E. Cummings Family Asthma Act Would Expand Efforts to Improve Care for People With Asthma

AAFA Community Services ·
Representatives Eliot L. Engel (D-NY-16), Fred Upton (R-MI-06), Pete King (R-NY-02) and TJ Cox (D-CA-21), all members of the House Asthma and Allergy Caucus, have introduced legislation to honor Elijah E. Cummings’ long-time advocacy for those living with asthma. The Elijah E. Cummings Family Asthma Act would expand federal, state, and local efforts to improve care for individuals with asthma.
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Family Keeps Memory of 13-Year-Old Sports Star Alive Through Asthma Awareness Efforts

AAFA Community Services ·
Tiffany Phu loved sports and spent most of her time outdoors. So it was fitting that on a balmy May night, her older sister Michelle confidently threw out the first pitch at a Philadelphia Phillies game. Michelle advocates for asthma awareness in memory of her sister Tiffany. “Tiffany enjoyed playing all types of sports,” notes Michelle. Tiffany died from asthma two years earlier, in May 2014, after running track at her Texas school. The eighth grader was just 13. The sudden and tragic loss...
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February Advocacy Update: Over-the-Counter Medicines, Restaurant Safety and Cleaner Cars

Jenna R. ·
Welcome to your February advocacy update. I’m Jenna Riemenschneider, director of advocacy at the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA). I am pictured above with AAFA board member Renuka Babu Brown and Senator Ed Markey's (D-MA) policy advisor Adam Axler. Over-the-Counter Drug Access and Cleaner Cars Rollbacks AAFA and other members of the Healthy Choices Coalition met with Representative Judy Chu's office. We asked her to co-sponsor the Restoring Access to Medication Act of 2019...
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Honor Student Holds Concert to Raise Awareness for Asthma and Allergies

AAFA Community Services ·
As a lifetime patient of both asthma and allergies, I am all too familiar with the late night ambulance trips to the emergency room because of an asthma attack or the rude interruption of a peanut or tree nut in my body at a classy restaurant. Such unfortunate circumstances are a constant fear in my life—just like they are for many others with asthma and severe allergies. Though my asthma has improved since I was a young child (I am now a passionate long distance runner—still running with my...
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Pledge Your #TealLove to Someone With Asthma or Allergies This Valentine's Day

AAFA Community Services ·
Valentine's Day can be a challenge for people with allergies and asthma. Many traditional gifts and activities can be allergy and asthma triggers. #TealLove means choosing gifts that are allergy- and asthma-friendly. How can you pledge your #TealLove to someone with asthma and allergies on Valentine's Day? Show your asthma and allergy awareness with our #TealLove awareness image. Download the image to use as your profile pic and share on social media. Choose asthma- and allergy-friendly...
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Rolling Back Clean Car Standards Will Make Asthma Worse – Tell the NHTSA and EPA Why

AAFA Community Services ·
Our current clean car standards have gone a long way to improve our air quality. But pollution and ozone levels are still an issue, contributing to climate change, asthma symptoms and overall asthma rates. Studies are showing more and more how bad air pollution affects our health . More improvements are needed. But the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) want to roll back these clean car standards through The Safer Affordable...
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Schools and States Can Improve Indoor Air Quality for Students With Asthma and Allergies

AAFA Community Services ·
As part of our 2019 State Honor Roll™ of Asthma and Allergy Policies for Schools (SHR), we look at the impact poor indoor air quality in schools can have on students with asthma and allergies.
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Texas Schools Suspend Students After Saving Classmates from Asthma Attacks

AAFA Community Services ·
Usually, we reward Good Samaritans coming to the aid of another human being who is sick - not punish them.
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The Concerning Rise of Youth Vaping and What States Can Do to Help

AAFA Community Services ·
Vaping is causing serious lung disease in many teens. Yet, youth vaping continues to rise at an alarming rate. State policies can help curb youth vaping. As part of our 2019 State Honor Roll™ of Asthma and Allergy Policies for Schools (SHR), we look at the rise of vaping among our youth and what states can do to reduce rates.
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We Fight, Support and Advocate in Honor of Those Who Have Lost Their Lives

AAFA Community Services ·
Dear Friends, One of the hardest things we do at the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America is have conversations with families who have lost loved ones to asthma. Our hearts break for them. We grieve along with them. After hearing these stories, we are determined to do even more for people with asthma and allergies. We understand that an asthma or allergy diagnosis can be a life-changing event. For those affected, we stand together, prepared not only to listen and to empathize, but also...
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Mom Celebrates Her Son’s Life by Raising Asthma Awareness

AAFA Community Services ·
On Oct. 1, 2016, Austin Dodds had a massive asthma attack. He lost consciousness and a few days later he passed away. Today, Meredith Dodds is making an impact in her son’s memory and to honor his giving nature. She is raising awareness for asthma.
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Re: Smartphone Device to Help You Manage Your Asthma Approved by FDA

K8sMom2002 ·
Lynnnowik, the device is not out yet -- the Wing website (click the blue letters to take you to their website) has some information about it and a place to sign up for news alerts. The blog says that they're hoping to release it in the fall. In the meantime, how can we help you with your asthma? I hope you'll join us on our Daily Roll Call "thread" on the forums -- it's a great way to get to know other folks who are managing asthma and get a little encouragement each day!
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Re: 3 Ways to Keep Spring Celebrations Asthma and Allergy Friendly

K8sMom2002 ·
Good point, Peach! In years past, during our Easter service, our congregation was encouraged to purchase Easter lilies to honor the memory of a loved one.
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Re: Mom Celebrates Her Son’s Life by Raising Asthma Awareness

Megan Roberts ·
What an incredible way to honor your beautiful son's life. Meredith, I am so inspired by your courage and strength to use this tragedy to bring awareness to others. You are one amazing mom. Thank you for sharing Austin's story, and yours. Blessings to your family as you work to protect the lives of other children with asthma in his honor.
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Re: Mom Celebrates Her Son’s Life by Raising Asthma Awareness

Kathy P ·
What an amazing way to honor Austin's memory by spreading awareness and education. Hugs to the Dodds family - your strength is amazing.
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Re: Mom Celebrates Her Son’s Life by Raising Asthma Awareness

Brenda Silvia-Torma ·
Meredith, The MyHope4Austin organization is a wonderful way to honor your son’s kind and generous heart. Thank you for sharing your family’s story with us and for your work to increase asthma awareness and education in the community. Gratefully, Brenda
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Re: Kathy P Trains to #TackleAsthma

TandemRiders ·
Kathy, this is awesome. We wish you the very best, training and on the day of the ride. And you can bet not only that we'll be donating in your honor; we'll be rooting for you all the way.
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Re: AAFA Addresses Amtrak's New "Pets on Trains" Policy

LAC ·
I spoke with a representative at AAFA in December 2018. Although she said that AAFA has brought the perspectives of people with dander-sensitive disabilities to the Department of Transportation (DOT) (because the airline industry doesn't have to honor our ADA rights), AAFA does not, from what I can locate, seem to be doing any serious, aggressive public campaigns on our behalf. You are correct that AAFA seems to be primarily focused on food allergies; they also hide behind arbitrary "air...
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Re: Living With Asthma in Birmingham, Alabama, the #8 Asthma Capital

Shea ·
Thank you for sharing! I think you are doing amazing advocating for yourself and making changes in your home and work life, gaining support from your friends, family, and coworkers along the way (even though it can be hard at times). I am so thankful to hear your stories on Daily Roll Call thread and hear how you find accomodations and work through problems because it helps me and makes me feel less alone in this.
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Re: Seven Tips to Improve Your Asthma Health Care

K8sMom2002 ·
Lynnnowik, you've nudged me in the right direction ... I will start shopping for a bracelet for myself. Scout's honor!
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Re: AAFA St. Louis’ RESCUE® Program Keeps Kids with Asthma in Class

K8sMom2002 ·
While Georgia didn't make the honor roll list, I was pleased to see that many of the items on the check list were things that my DD's school already does.
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Healthline Names AAFA Blog as One of the Best Blogs on Asthma for 2020

AAFA Community Services ·
We are honored that the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America’s blog has again been named one of the best asthma blogs by Healthline for 2020! Healthline is a health site with information on many health topics. We have received this honor since 2015 when we started our blog! Comment below to tell us what you want to see more of on our blog. We could not have received this honor without all of our supporters and members. Our blog will continue to bring you information about asthma and...
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AAFA Releases 2019 State Honor Roll Report in Advance of Asthma Peak Week

AAFA Community Services ·
Schools provide valuable education to students. But the very resource that is supposed to benefit our children can actually be a cause of asthma symptoms and allergic reactions. Some states have policies in place that protect children with asthma and allergies. These 15 states made our 2019 State Honor Roll™ of Asthma and Allergy Policies for Schools (SHR). See how your state ranks.
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Leading Patient Advocacy Organizations Join Forces to Launch National Program Aimed at Raising Awareness of Severe Form of Asthma

AAFA Community Services ·
Allergy & Asthma Network (AAN) and the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) today announced the launch of Be the Boss of Your Asthma, a national educational program that aims to raise awareness of severe eosinophilic asthma – or S.E.A. – a serious and often hard-to-control form of asthma.
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It Never Should Have Happened: Recognizing Racial Bias in Asthma Could Have Saved Valerie’s Husband

AAFA Community Services ·
On Sept. 16, 2020, the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) released our Asthma Disparities in America report. This report looks at how asthma affects Black, Hispanic and American Indian/Alaska Native groups in the United States. After coming across this report, Valerie Vison reached out to share her story. In the essay below, you’ll hear from Valerie, who lost her husband, Jordan, to asthma on July 22. In a World of “What If” – Could Racial Bias Have Contributed to My 30-Year-Old...
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A Kind Heart: One Mom Shares Her Daughter’s Legacy to Help Prevent Asthma Deaths

AAFA Community Services ·
It shouldn’t have happened. Not to Urainia Bendter. Not to her ex-husband. Not to her partner Lamont Sykes. Not to her grieving son. Not to her newborn daughter. And not to Adaora Elikwu. At only 12 years old, Adaora was destined for greatness. She knew what she wanted − to go an Ivy League school and be a lawyer one day. She was well on her way, having been accepted into the DREAM Specialized High School Institute to earn a seat at a specialized high school in New York City. Talkative and...
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Congress Passes School-Based Allergies and Asthma Management Program Act

AAFA Community Services ·
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...
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House Passes Bill Protecting Students With Asthma and Allergies, Moves to Senate for Vote

AAFA Community Services ·
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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5 Asthma and Allergy Tips for a Healthier Home for the Holidays

AAFA Community Services ·
Holiday decorations make your home fun and festive. But they can also bring in asthma triggers and allergens. How do you deck the halls while keeping a healthy home? Here are five asthma & allergy friendly® tips for a healthier home for the holidays.
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AAFA CEO and President Testifies in Support of Protections for School Children With Asthma and Food Allergies

AAFA Community Services ·
On Jan. 8, 2020, Kenneth Mendez, CEO and president of the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA), spoke before members of the U.S. House of Representatives about the need for protections for school children with asthma and food allergies.
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School Policies Are Needed to Protect Students With Asthma and Allergies

AAFA Community Services ·
State policies can help protect students with asthma and allergies. As part of our 2019 State Honor Roll™ of Asthma and Allergy Policies for Schools (SHR), we look at ways the School-Based Allergies and Asthma Management Program Act can benefit both students and states.
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Asthma and Allergy Friendly Valentine’s Day Gifts to Show Your Love

AAFA Community Services ·
It’s almost Valentine’s Day! It’s a time to show your love. But it's also a time for people with asthma and allergies to be extra careful about their triggers. When celebrating Valentine's Day, show you care by being inclusive of people with asthma and allergies. If you give your sweetheart a bottle of perfume or a beautiful bouquet, it could make them sneeze and wheeze. What Are Common Asthma and Allergy Triggers In Valentine's Day Treats? Many popular Valentine’s Day gifts and activities...
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Skip Flowers, Perfume and Candy for Your Valentine With Asthma and Allergies

AAFA Community Services ·
Flowers, candy, perfume and candles may be common gifts for Valentine’s Day. But if you give them to your loved ones with asthma and allergies, you may give them something you didn’t plan on – triggers that cause symptoms. Instead, give non-traditional asthma and allergy friendly gifts.
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AAFA Honors Black History Month With a Focus on Health Equity

AAFA Community Services ·
February marks Black History Month in the United States. It celebrates the major achievements of Black Americans throughout history. It is also a chance to learn about key moments that have not only shaped the Black experience in America, but that of the entire nation. Black History Month is often a time to look at how far we’ve come and how far we have to go. At the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA), we believe one of the best ways to honor the past is to heal the present and...
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Re: A Kind Heart: One Mom Shares Her Daughter’s Legacy to Help Prevent Asthma Deaths

cassalia ·
@Alyssa’s Cause 2002 Thank you so much for reaching out to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America and joining our online support group. We are truly sorry for the loss of your beautiful daughter Alyssa. Please feel free to email me at mcassalia@aafa.org and we can discuss ways for you to honor your daughter and help spread awareness. Everyone at AAFA is here to support you during this difficult time. My sincere condolences, Michele
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The COVID-19 Vaccine: The Latest Information for People With Asthma and Allergies

AAFA Community Services ·
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...
 
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