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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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Bill Introduced to Encourage Schools to Stock Quick-Relief Asthma Medicines

AAFA Community Services ·
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.
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2021 Allergy Capitals™ Report: Where Does Your City Rank?

AAFA Community Services ·
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...
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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Crisis: Healthcare.gov and Some States Open Enrollment for Health Insurance

AAFA Community Services ·
Update – Feb. 18, 2021 We have updated this blog post with information on new state and Healthcare.gov special open enrollment periods. We have also included information on how health insurance access affects asthma disparities. Access to health care is an important part of managing asthma and allergy symptoms. But many people – especially Black, Hispanic, and Indigenous Americans – don’t have access to health insurance that would make health care affordable. This contributes to asthma...
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AAFA Advocacy Recap and What’s Next in 2021

Jenna R. ·
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...
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Re: AAFA Supports Bills Aimed at Saving and Improving the Lives of Black Mothers

Shea ·
I am not black but I had no support in the workplace during pregnancy, and my (now-ex) child's father only stole from me in that yi e period. I became ill, but worked until two days before I gave birth, used all my vacation days for the first 2 weeks after, actually had to bring my infant to work in my office after that, taking breaks to breast feed, and I got really sick during pregnancy and after. I had developed severe asthma during pregnancy, and then had a heart attack caused by a...
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After Asthma Tragedy, Laura’s Law Requires Better Access to Emergency Rooms in Massachusetts

AAFA Community Services ·
Massachusetts hospitals are now required to have emergency department entrances that are easy to access. They will also have to be properly monitored by security and clearly marked. This is a result of “ Laura’s Law ” that was signed by Governor Charlie Baker on Jan. 15, 2021. The Boston Globe story, “Losing Laura,” inspired the law. The story is about the tragic death of Laura Beth Levis. Laura was a 34-year-old woman who died of an asthma attack just steps from an emergency room door in...
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Clean Indoor Air in Schools Helps Students Stay Healthy and Learn Better

AAFA Community Services ·
This year’s National Healthy Schools Day comes at a critical juncture: the nation is working to recover and stabilize from the continuing COVID-19 pandemic, reopen all schools, and address the growing crisis caused by climate impacts – impacts that hit the most disadvantaged communities and their schools the hardest.
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AAFA Applauds Biomass Plant Permit Denial

AAFA Community Services ·
The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) is thrilled that the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) has revoked the air permit for the proposed biomass energy facility in Springfield, Massachusetts . The proposed facility was environmentally unjust and would have caused additional negative health impacts to an overburdened community. According to AAFA’s 2019 Asthma Capitals Report , Springfield is already the most challenging city in the United States to...
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How to Safely Dispose of Your Asthma and Allergy Medicines

AAFA Community Services ·
It's important to get rid of expired or unused medicines, inhalers, and epinephrine auto-injectors properly. They can be harmful to someone they aren't prescribed for, especially children. Or they could get into the hands of someone who might misuse them. And getting rid of them improperly can cause them to end up in the water supply, affecting humans and wildlife alike. There are several ways you can dispose of your medicines in a way that is safe and better for the environment. Disposing...
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Answers to Common Questions About Getting Copies of Your Medical Records

AAFA Community Services ·
Your medical records are important, especially when you have asthma and allergies . They are the history of all the medical care you have received and can help your doctors more accurately create a plan of treatment for you. But getting copies of your medical records may be a challenge. Whether you need them for your new doctor, a job, or just for your personal files, you should be able to access your records. The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) gives you the...
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Re: Answers to Common Questions About Getting Copies of Your Medical Records

JR ·
@ses1978 Access to your medical records is a right you are guaranteed by law . If your doctor's office is refusing to give you a copy of our records they should be reported (to whom depends on the specific situation and the state you live in). If you'd like to discuss the specifics of this issue, you can call AAFA's Support Center at (800) 727-8462 (or send an email to info@aafa.org ) and we can advise you on a plan of action.
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2021 Asthma Capitals™ Report: Where Does Your City Rank?

AAFA Community Services ·
AAFA Highlights the Most Challenging Places in the U.S. to Live With Asthma On May 5, 2021, World Asthma Day , the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) released the 2021 Asthma Capitals™ report . This report analyzes data from the 100 largest cities in the U.S. to identify the most challenging places to live with asthma. This year, Allentown, Pennsylvania, takes the top spot. How Are Cities Ranked? Knowing what puts someone at higher risk for asthma is an important part of...
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Myths About Albuterol (Is It Addicting? Is It Performance Enhancing?)

AAFA Community Services ·
Part 5: Asthma and Allergy Myths, Busted! Dr. M. Itch is back for the final round of asthma and allergy myth busting for National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month . To round it out, he talks about whether or not you can be addicted to albuterol and if asthma inhalers are considered performance-enhancing drugs for athletes. We're glad we gave Dr. Itch the chance to take over the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America's (AAFA) TikTok channel . We're going to miss his energetic style of...
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Re: Coronavirus (COVID-19): What People With Asthma Need to Know

AAFA Community Services ·
Distributed via the CDC Health Alert Network February 28, 2020, 1505 ET (3:05 PM ET) Update and Interim Guidance on Outbreak of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Summary The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) continues to closely monitor and respond to the COVID-19 outbreak caused by the novel coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2. This CDC Health Alert Network (HAN) Update provides updated guidance on evaluating and testing persons under investigation (PUIs) for COVID-19. It supersedes...
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Re: Coronavirus (COVID-19): What People With Asthma Need to Know

goodbyelizajane ·
I’m not sure the flu comparison is terribly helpful here. There is a flu vaccine which at least keeps some types of flu at bay, if not all. Despite the fact that we are generally familiar with coronaviruses, there is much we still don’t know about this one. For example, there seem to be indicators that people are spreading the virus while asymptomatic, but no one is sure how. If this is indeed the case, then that makes infection control much more difficult. I’m worried about my baby. She’s...
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Re: Coronavirus (COVID-19): What People With Asthma Need to Know

Julio Feria ·
i suffer from seasonal allergies & it’s been bad especially in NYC ... my doctor 🥼 gave me a cortisone shot on the buttocks to i believe reduce my allergies symptoms & told me i won’t have to do it again till next month... my question is , if the cortisone shot weakens the immune system was it a smart decision to trust my doctor while the corona virus is out & around my state & actually my county ... i can’t imagine why he wouldn’t take that into consideration & discuss...
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Re: Coronavirus (COVID-19): What People With Asthma Need to Know

I Am Curious ·
Usually one shot doesn't do enough to weaken your immune system. The dosage is too small and it's only a one time thing. If you were to get shots frequently and on a regular basis, it would have more of an effect on the strength of your immune system and your doctor would be required to let you know. But in an otherwise healthy individual with only one shot, you should be in the clear. This is just what my doctor told me. I'm no doctor. If you to be super thorough, call your doctors office...
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Re: Coronavirus (COVID-19): What People With Asthma Need to Know

C. St.Ours ·
Hello, As someone who will be 60 yrs of age this year, has asthma and moderate obstructive disease, I am wondering if I should be staying home from work? I just returned to work after having Type A flu and pneumonia (yes, I did get my flu vaccine :-)). This was my second time having the flu this winter! I work in a pediatric practice; so children/families come in to be seen who are sick. The schools are all closed in my state, a national state of emergency has been declared in light of the...
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Re: Coronavirus (COVID-19): What People With Asthma Need to Know

Lorene ·
Hi @SuzanneLV , It is totally understandable that you are worried about your husband. First of all, a big thank you goes out to him and all he is doing to keep the country running during the shutdowns. According to OSHA regulations, employers are required to provide personal protection equipment (PPE) to all employees who are exposed to a hazard. The question is, will his employer consider the virus a hazard (they should). You can find the requirements here:...
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Re: Coronavirus (COVID-19): What People With Asthma Need to Know

Brendan ·
Hi Karim, I have cold induced, which can also be induced by a sharp change in temperature by 35 degrees in less than 24 hours,and I don't think ive gotten more than a 200 on my flow. I also haven't had to use my nebulizer in just over a year and spent most of my morning winters in the ER. My mothers friend is one of the head nurses for the covid situation here in New Jersey, I explained how I felt weeks ago to her the other day, she confirmed that I may have in fact had it. I did not however...
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AAFA Marks Day of Remembrance for Lives Lost to Asthma and Allergies

AAFA Community Services ·
On this final Friday of National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month , the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) and Kids With Food Allergies (KFA) , our food allergy division, are holding a Remembrance Day in honor of family members and loved ones who’ve died from asthma or allergies. On average, more than 3,500 Americans die from asthma each year. 1 An estimated 200 also die each year because of severe allergic reactions, called anaphylaxis [anna-fih-LACK-sis]. 2 These death rates...
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Advocacy Update: Asthma and Allergy Protections in Schools, Sesame Labeling, and Health Equity

Jenna R. ·
Welcome to your mid-year advocacy update from the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA). And what a year it has been so far! AAFA kicked off the year with the passing of two important bills in January. Former President Trump signed the School-Based Asthma and Allergy Management Program Act on Jan. 5. This bill encourages states to improve allergy and asthma care in schools. And Governor Charlie Baker signed Laura’s Law on Jan. 15 in Massachusetts. This law requires easy access to...
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7 Things You May Not Know About Ragweed Pollen Allergy

AAFA Community Services ·
Ragweed pollen allergy is a major cause of seasonal allergies, also known as “hay fever.” Its light pollen easily spreads far and wide, triggering nasal allergies and allergic asthma in its path. If you have a ragweed pollen allergy, it helps to know what you are up against. If you live in the U.S., you probably feel the effects of ragweed pollen in the late summer and fall. Here are some things you may not know about ragweed. Ragweed Season Peaks in Mid-September Ragweed starts pollinating...
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Getting Our Children Back to School Safely During the COVID-19 Pandemic

AAFA Community Services ·
It’s officially back-to-school season as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact the United States. And getting our children safely back to school is a major priority for the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA). To help schools create safe learning environments, AAFA sent a letter to the School Superintendents Association (AASA) . The letter outlines two key recommendations: School districts should use American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds to improve indoor air quality in...
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Causes of Fall Allergy Symptoms and What You Can Do About Them

AAFA Community Services ·
Ah, fall! Time for cozy jackets, colorful leaves, pumpkin spice lattes, and … allergy medicine? If you’ve noticed the change in season also triggers allergy and asthma symptoms, you’re not alone. Just like spring, fall is a time when many people are seeking relief from their seasonal allergies . Common symptoms of seasonal allergies include: Itching in the nose and eyes Sneezing Stuffy nose (congestion) Runny nose Mucus (phlegm) in the throat (postnasal drip) Do You Live in an Allergy...
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Managing Asthma at School During the COVID-19 Pandemic

AAFA Community Services ·
Update: Sept. 23, 2021 The COVID-19 and Asthma Toolkit for Schools has been updated per current CDC and AAFA guidance on face masks, physical distancing, cleaning procedures, and more. The average American classroom of 30 students will have about three students with asthma. 1 And since 19 million adults in the U.S. have asthma, schools will have teachers and staff with asthma too. 2 Creating a more asthma-friendly environment in schools may help students and staff better control their asthma...
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Re: Lake Sunset

DonnaAnn ·
Community buzz! Aloha! Could you direct me where I can send and share my concerns? In Hawaii, it seems there is no doctors are engaging in providing patients with ADA accommodation with severe allergies whether it’s skin or asthma. Do you have information for the State of Hawaii? Sincerely Donna
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