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School-Based Respiratory Health Management Act Introduced to House

AAFA Community Services ·
[Press Release] Roe, Hoyer Introduce School-Based Respiratory Health Management Act Washington, May 2, 2017 | Lani Short (202-225-6356) WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Rep. Phil Roe, M.D. (R-TN) and House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (D-MD) introduced H.R. 2285, the School-Based Respiratory Health Management Act, legislation that encourages states to help ensure students with reversible lower airway disorders, such as asthma, have assistance at school with managing their chronic disease and can...
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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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Several Factors Can Affect Length of Child’s Hospital Stay After an Asthma Attack

AAFA Community Services ·
The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America is sharing this press release from the 2017 ACAAI Scientific Annual Meeting to bring you the latest research news quickly. [PRESS RELEASE] Eczema Plus Family History Can Mean a Longer Hospital Stay for Kids with Asthma Study finds number of allergies don’t necessarily affect length of hospital stay. BOSTON, MA (October 27, 2017) – Asthma and allergies are related, and many people who suffer from asthma have allergies that trigger their asthma.
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Share These Asthma and Allergy Awareness Images to Spread Awareness

AAFA Community Services ·
Asthma affects over 6 million American children and nearly 18 million adults. Among children, asthma is the third leading cause of hospitalizations and one of the top causes of school absences. Adults miss more than 14 million days of work each year. But still, many don't understand what it is like to manage a chronic illness like asthma. Share awareness images and messages this month to help others understand. Find these images, and more, in our Shareable Awareness Images photo album. Use...
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Sign the Petition to Save Patient Access to Allergy Shots

AAFA Community Services ·
Proposed regulations introduced by the United States Pharmacopeia (USP) could dramatically limit patient access to allergen immunotherapy (allergy shots). If these new regulations go into effect, allergists would unlikely be able to continue to mix allergen extracts for their patients. The result may limit timelines of allergy shot treatment. The insurance coverage of this treatment may also be restricted. What can I do to prevent these regulations from going into effect? The American...
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Study Reviews Safety of Subcutaneous and Sublingual Allergen Immunotherapy

AAFA Community Services ·
Researchers analyzed 8 years of data and found that while overall systemic reactions have been declining, people with asthma were most at risk for them. Also no local skin infections or serious infections from injections were reported in 9.5 million injection visits.
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Study Shows a Difference Between the Effects of Controlled Burns vs. Wildfires

AAFA Community Services ·
Controlled burns are often used to help reduce and contain wildfires, but it turns out which burn is occurring can actually have an effect on your health, according to research presented at the 2019 Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (AAAAI).
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Case Study Shows Allergy Shots May Improve Severe Eczema

AAFA Community Services ·
If you’ve suffered with severe atopic dermatitis (eczema) for a long time and have tried what you think is every available option for relief, you may want to consider allergy shots. A medically-challenging case being presented at the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI) Annual Scientific Meeting found that allergy shots provided significant benefits to the eczema symptoms suffered by a 48-year-old man.
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Study Shows Mepolizumab to Be a Safe and Effective Long-Term Treatment Option for Severe Asthma

AAFA Community Services ·
The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America is sharing this press release from GlaxoSmithKline to bring you the latest research news quickly. [PRESS RELEASE] Nucala (mepolizumab) study reports long-term safety data, consistent exacerbation reduction and improved asthma control New study showed one third of patients had no exacerbations on long-term treatment with Nucala GlaxoSmithKline plc (GSK) today presented new data from the longest study of an anti-IL5 biologic treatment in severe...
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Study Shows Red Meat Allergy May Come From Tick Saliva

AAFA Community Services ·
Alpha-gal syndrome (AGS), a food allergy commonly known as red meat allergy, may develop from ticks’ saliva itself, whether a tick has fed on another animal before biting a human or not. This news comes from a study presented for the first time at the 2019 Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology.
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Teens With Asthma Almost Twice As Likely to Smoke

AAFA Community Services ·
A study presented at the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI) Annual Scientific Meeting found adolescents with asthma were twice as likely to smoke as kids without asthma. And they continue to smoke well into their teen years, even though they know smoking is particularly bad for their lungs.
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Without Funding, Millions of Children Could Lose Health Care Coverage From CHIP Program

AAFA Community Services ·
The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) supports a five-year re-authorization of funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) without offsetting cuts (pay-fors) to other programs that benefit children. CHIP is a bipartisan success story that should be celebrated. The program was created in 1997 and has been championed by lawmakers on both sides of the aisle since its beginning.
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10 Health and Medical Groups Oppose EPA's Harmful Clean Power Plan 'Replacement' Proposal

AAFA Community Services ·
The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America is sharing this press release to bring you the latest research news quickly. [PRESS RELEASE] Ten Health and Medical Groups Oppose EPA's Harmful Clean Power Plan 'Replacement' Proposal (August 22, 2018) - WASHINGTON, D.C. In response to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) release of the proposed Affordable Clean Energy (ACE) rule to replace the Clean Power Plan, the Allergy & Asthma Network, the Alliance of Nurses for Healthy...
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Teva Pharmaceuticals Announces Launch of Daily Maintenance Asthma Medication

AAFA Community Services ·
QVAR® RediHaler™ (beclomethasone dipropionate HFA) Inhalation Aerosol is now available to patients by prescription! It is the first and only breath-actuated inhaled corticosteroid for the maintenance treatment of asthma in patients ages 4 and older. QVAR® RediHaler™ is not used to relieve sudden breathing problems and won’t replace a rescue inhaler.
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Understanding Asthma Research: How Research Is Prioritized

AAFA Community Services ·
We need asthma research so experts can find and create new treatments for asthma, and hopefully a cure. Experts decide what research is needed by looking at the effects of asthma.
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Understanding Asthma Research: Informed Consent

AAFA Community Services ·
Some people are hesitant to participate in research. This may be because of fear of the unknown or from past stories. But today, patients have rights to protect them during research studies. Before you join a study, you will asked to sign an informed consent document.
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Understanding Asthma Research: The National Institutes of Health

AAFA Community Services ·
When you hear about medical research, you probably hear about an organization called the NIH. The NIH is the United States’ medical research agency. It is also one of the top medical research agencies in the world.
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Webinar: Caring for Patients with Asthma and Allergy: Leveraging Digital Solutions

AAFA Community Services ·
As part of Asthma Week at the American Thoracic Society (ATS), the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) and ATS will present a webinar on Wednesday, June 22, at 3:00 pm. The webinar, "Caring for Patients with Asthma and Allergy: Leveraging Digital Solutions,” will be hosted by AAFA’s President and CEO, Dr. Cary Sennett. RSVP: Reserve your seat by registering WHEN: Wednesday, June 22, 2016 TIME: 3:00-4:00 pm Eastern time WHERE: Your computer, iOS or Android device Asthma is a...
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What To Do If You Have Trouble Filling Your EpiPen® or Generic Epinephrine Prescription

AAFA Community Services ·
We have heard from members in our community that many are having trouble filling prescriptions for three of the four types of epinephrine auto-injectors: EpiPen® and EpiPen Jr® (distributed by Mylan) The authorized generic of EpiPen® and EpiPen Jr® (distributed by Mylan) Epinephrine injection, USP auto-injector, the authorized generic of Adrenaclick® (distributed by Impax) This is due to possible shortages at pharmacies. Kids With Food Allergies has confirmed there is no shortage of the drug...
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What You Need to Know About Insect Repellents If You Have Eczema and Asthma

AAFA Community Services ·
Did you know that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), not the FDA, regulates most insect repellents applied on the skin? Some insect repellents claim to be "natural." These may contain food-related ingredients, like soybean oil or lemon.
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Xyzal Allergy 24HR Approved for Over the Counter Use

AAFA Community Services ·
Antihistamine Offers 24-Hour Relief to Adults and Children with Seasonal and Year-Round Allergies [Press Release] BRIDGEWATER, N.J. /PRNewswire/ -- Sanofi announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Xyzal® Allergy 24HR as an over-the-counter (OTC) treatment for the relief of symptoms associated with seasonal and year-round allergies. Specifically, two formulations of Xyzal are now approved for OTC use – 5 mg tablets for ages 6 years and older, as well as 0.5 mg/mL...
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You’re Invited: Virtual Film Screening and Panel Discussion on “Asthma Alley”

AAFA Community Services ·
Join the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA), American Lung Association, Allergy & Asthma Network and GroundTruth Films for a virtual film screening of “Asthma Alley,” a short documentary that follows a young teen with asthma and her classmates in the South Bronx, a neighborhood known for extraordinarily high rates of asthma.
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How Much a Child's Caregiver Knows About Asthma Can Affect Hospital Stays

AAFA Community Services ·
Asthma is a complex disease, and it can be a challenge to keep up with your child’s medications and treatments. New research being presented at the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI) Annual Scientific Meeting shows children of caregivers with poor asthma knowledge were four times more likely to have a prolonged hospital stay. A “prolonged” stay was defined as more than two days.
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Increasing Inhaled Steroids Temporarily Does Not Stop Asthma Flare-Ups in Children

AAFA Community Services ·
Researchers have found that temporarily increasing the dosage of inhaled steroids when asthma symptoms begin to worsen does not effectively prevent severe flare-ups, and may be associated with slowing a child’s growth, challenging a common medical practice involving children with mild-to-moderate asthma.
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Join AAFA, AAAAI for a #TackleAsthma Twitter Chat May 5 

AAFA Community Services ·
Join the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America and the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology Thursday, May 5 at 1 pm ET for a #TackleAsthma Twitter chat. Follow @AAFANational and @AAAAI_org and use #TackleAsthma. Experts will answer your questions about exercising with asthma, staying fit and healthy with asthma and more!
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Join AAFA, AAAAI for a Twitter Chat May 18 to Be #Ready4Asthma

AAFA Community Services ·
Join the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America and the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology Wednesday, May 18 at 1 pm ET for a #Ready4Asthma Twitter chat. Follow @AAFANational and @AAAAI_org and use #Ready4Asthma to follow the conversation! Experts will answer your questions about the best ways to manage and control your asthma.
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Join Our Twitter Chat to Learn How to Take Control of Your Asthma Health

AAFA Community Services ·
Join the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) and the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (AAAAI) on Thursday, May 21, 2020, at noon ET for a Twitter chat on how to take control of your asthma health. Follow @AAFAnational and @AAAAI_org and use the hashtag # asthmahealth to join the conversation. AAFA, AAAAI and other experts will answer questions about: What are common asthma symptoms? How is asthma diagnosed? What are common asthma triggers? What are some ways...
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Join Our Twitter Chat to Take Charge of Your Asthma Health

AAFA Community Services ·
Join the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) and the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (AAAAI) Wednesday, May 7, 2019, at 2:30 pm ET for a Twitter chat on asthma health. Follow @AAFANational and @AAAAI_org and use the hashtag #AsthmaHealth to join the conversation.
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Join Us for a Spring Allergies Twitter Party

AAFA Community Services ·
Are you on Twitter? Join the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America @AAFANational Wednesday, March 30 at 7 pm for a Spring Allergies Twitter Party! The chat is hosted by the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology and Allergic Living. Follow @AAAAI_org and @AllergicLiving and use #allergyready. Post questions about hay fever, pollen troubles and other spring allergy topics. The AAAAI Allergist Panel includes: Dr. Thanai Pongdee @Tpongdee Dr. Matthew Bowdish @MatthewBowdish Dr.
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Join us for an #AsthmaFit Twitter Chat with AAFA and AAAAI

AAFA Community Services ·
Join the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America and the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology Wednesday, May 2 at 12 pm EDT for an #AsthmaFit Twitter chat.
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Many Doctors Still Don’t Know Facts About Penicillin Allergy

AAFA Community Services ·
If you think you’re allergic to penicillin, but have never been tested, ask for a referral to an allergist to confirm the allergy. Many physicians whose patients have “penicillin allergy” in their charts don’t know that frequently, a penicillin allergy diagnosis is given to a child as the result of a rash but without any follow up testing.
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Millions Could Lose Health Care Under AHCA

AAFA Community Services ·
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.
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New Pediatric Asthma Yardstick Provides Health Care Professionals a Roadmap for Managing Asthma in Children

AAFA Community Services ·
Although about 10 percent of school-aged children in the United States have asthma, there are few comprehensive U.S. guidelines for treating pediatric asthma. The Pediatric Asthma Yardstick, a new guideline from the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI), offers a user-friendly “operational document”. It helps health care professionals understand which controller treatments are right for which age groups and identifies when a step up is needed.
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New Research May Change How We Introduce Foods to Infants to Prevent Food Allergy

AAFA Community Services ·
New studies about how to prevent food allergy – particularly peanut allergy – are leading to a revision in federal health guidelines for doctors and families.
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New Treatment Options for Those With Atopic Dermatitis

AAFA Community Services ·
If you think only infants suffer from eczema, think again. The uncomfortable, itchy rash that most people relate to babies and young children occurs frequently in adults. Although many adults with atopic dermatitis (commonly known as eczema) develop the disease in childhood and carry it through life, a large number are first diagnosed in adulthood – a trend being discussed at the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI) Annual Scientific Meeting.
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Omalizumab Could Help Children with Asthma Fight Colds

AAFA Community Services ·
New research shows omalizumab to be a promising treatment or prevention option for virus-induced asthma exacerbations, an important public health issue that affects every child with asthma.
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Re: AAFA Explains: Is Salt Therapy Safe and Effective for Asthma?

Carol from Halomed ·
First, I want to give full disclosure. I am commenting as a member of the salt therapy industry. Specifically, for even fuller disclosure, I'm chiming in on behalf of Halomed, a manufacturer of dry salt therapy equipment, which micronizes and disperses pharmaceutical grade salt in salt therapy room. In controlled halotherapy, the concentration of salt in the air is controlled by a sensor, which continuously measures the level of the salt in the air and signals the halogenerator to maintain...
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Re: AAFA Applauds DOT Warning About Denial of Preboarding to Family With Food Allergies

Dawn Graziano ·
Thank you for this news. We must hold the airlines responsible for or safety and rights while traveling. I also have suffered from acute asthma since birth. I can no longer travel by air and have lost all rights due to the allowance of ESA on flights. I understand the rights of American with disabilities and the need for service animals This is a totally different issue. The last time I was on a flight, I heard a meow coming from a womans shoulder bag. She had a cat that was not seen. I can...
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Re: AAFA Addresses Amtrak's New "Pets on Trains" Policy

LAC ·
Unfortunately, the American Civil Liberties Union will not intervene in this matter with public transportation. The number you provided is a great course of action as is local state action.
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Re: GSK to Offer Generic Version of Ventolin HFA Albuterol Inhaler

SteelyGrey ·
Trust me, GSK is not doing this out of the goodness of their hearts as they don't have hearts. Just another greedy pharmaceutical company bilking the american public. They are probably losing market share to TEVA Pharmaceutical who is based out of Jerusalem, Israel. TEVA got FDA approval for a bunch of generic drugs back in early 2018.and makes a both a commercial and generic version of an albuterol inhaler that is available now in the USA. I lost my job and insurance back in Dec 2017 and...
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Re: GSK to Offer Generic Version of Ventolin HFA Albuterol Inhaler

SteelyGrey ·
I just did a quick lookup using goodrx.com for the Generic of ProAir® HFA (albuterol sulfate) Inhalation Aerosol and it costs about $26 with their coupon at Walmart, Publix and CVS. Last time I bought a Ventolin without insurance it was $70 so the TEVA version is about 1/3 the price of Ventolin Same lookup for the highest dose of the Generic of AirDuo RespiClick and it comes up between $52-$60 using the goodrx coupon as well. Last Advair Diskus I bought without insurance was $236 with a...
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Re: Our Commitment to Bridging the Gap In Racial Disparities

MPH ·
I know exactly how it feels to say and feel “I can’t breathe”. How people would do nothing to help. Do everything to cover it up. Because Doctors under my care did so on purpose to me. Soon my living heck will be over. No more covering it up. No more mental abuse. No more physical abuse. Because as a Doctor said “no one cares about you”.
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Our Commitment to Bridging the Gap In Racial Disparities

AAFA Community Services ·
U.S. systems have historically failed Black Americans and other marginalized groups. AAFA's goal is to dramatically reduce the burden of asthma and allergies for underserved groups within five years.
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Re: Emotional Support Animals on Planes: AAFA Submits Comment to the DOT

Hilary H ·
I agree that in terms of disabilities, those that are life-threatening are more serious than, per se, anxiety while flying. I am a tremendously anxious flyer so I empathize greatly with people who'd prefer to fly with their pets for comfort. However, the fact that an animal's hair could literally kill one of the millions of Americans with severe allergic asthma should mean animals on flights should be restricted as much as possible. Service pets for people who are blind or have...
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Cleaning Your Hands With Soap Vs. Hand Sanitizer: What Is Best to Protect Yourself From COVID-19 and Other Illnesses?

AAFA Community Services ·
Keeping your hands clean is one of the easiest ways to reduce the spread of the new coronavirus that causes COVID-19 . It can also help help protect you from flu, colds and other respiratory infections . It also helps prevent foodborne illnesses (such as salmonella) while cooking. One study shows people touch their faces on an average of 23 times an hour. 1 Your hands come in contact with many germs, and when you touch your face, you increase your chances of getting sick. Keeping them clean...
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FDA Accepts Biologics License Application for Xolair® Prefilled Syringe for Self-Administration

AAFA Community Services ·
Novartis today announced that the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) accepted the company's supplemental Biologics License Application (sBLA) for a new self-administration option for Xolair® (omalizumab) across all approved US indications. If approved, Xolair prefilled syringe would become available for either self-administration by select patients or administration by their caregivers.
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Asthma Disparities in America: It’s Time for Real and Lasting Change

AAFA Community Services ·
Black, Hispanic and American Indian/Alaska Native people have the highest rates of asthma , hospital visits and asthma-related deaths. This has not changed since we first reported on it in 2005. It’s time to take bold steps to reduce disparities in asthma. Asthma Disparities in America Report Today, the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) released its Asthma Disparities in America report. This report looks at how asthma affects Black, Hispanic and American Indian/Alaska Native...
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Re: These Symptoms of Atopic Dermatitis Can Be the Most Frustrating

Brenda Silvia-Torma ·
Hi @StuffywithCare , thanks for your blog comment! It's possible that there is a connection. Have you mentioned his sleep issues to his doctor? Here's an article from the American Academy of Dermatology that may answer some of your questions. Although the article is targeted to parents of small children, the information is relevant for anyone with eczema. The article also mentions, " When eczema itches, it can keep a child awake or wake the child from a sound sleep." What Can Help a Child...
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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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