New Law Could Help Kids Having Allergic Reactions in School
GAINESVILLE - Schools could have a new life-saver on hand in the new year and it could help children having allergic reactions.
President Obama has signed a bill that encourages schools to have epinephrine or an epi-pen on hand for all kids and staff - without a perscription.
Alachua County Schools already provides the epi-pen but Marion County requires a prescritpion.
The new law aims to change that.
Dr. Mindy Fernandez, UF Emergency Medicine Physician: "In the episode of anaphylaxis there is no reason not to use the epinephrine pin...it is what saves lives."
Fernandez says some of the signs to look for with children having an allergic reaction is trouble breathing, itching but also vomiting.. which is a sign she says is often overlooked.
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