“Like most kids, my son spends 180 days in school each year and I need to know that the people he is with every day know the signs and symptoms of anaphylaxis and what to do if it occurs,” said Julie Bowen, actress known for her roles in Modern Family and Boston Legal. Her son who had an allergic reaction as a toddler, fortunately received immediate help and recovered quickly. However, nearly 1500 people every year in the U.S. alone aren’t that lucky.
And it should be both the parents’ as well as the kids’ own interest to make sure that everyone in the schools would be prepared for it. As nearly 8% of children (1 in 13) in the U.S. suffers from a food allergy, it’s no small issue.
“My son is only five, but he has already started to take responsibility for his life-threatening allergies and become his own advocate,” said Bowen, who will be doing the public service announcement (PSA) about anaphylaxis.
The current campaign, launched by Mylan Specialty L.P. and joined by Julie Bowen, is focusing on raising awareness of anaphylaxis in schools and to make sure first-line of treatment, epinephrine, would be always available.
If you’re a child, your teachers, your classmates, ideally all of them should be aware of your condition, the symptoms as well as the need for immediate treatment. During the campaign, from September 26 to November 9, 2012, students in grades from 1-12 are encouraged to write a brief essay and submit up to two visual images to explain an idea to:
• Improve awareness of life-threatening allergies in schools
• Help students who may be at risk for life-threatening allergic reactions feel more accepted in their school or
• Provide a unique solution to a challenge faced by students who may be at risk for anaphylaxis.
The essays can be submitted at Anaphylaxis101.com. Fifteen best works will also be receiving a college scholarship in the amount of $2000.