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New Online Course Teaches Educators How to Prepare for Anaphylaxis

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Food allergies affect as many as 1 in 13 children, and nearly 40 percent of children with food allergies have a history of a severe reaction. Severe allergic reactions to food can cause anaphylaxis and can be life-threatening.

Educators across the U.S. now have access to a free, interactive online course that provides a comprehensive tutorial on managing anaphylaxis in schools. How to C.A.R.E.™ for Students with Food Allergies: What Educators Should Know is a new, interactive online course that provides education for school personnel anytime, anyplace. This course uses current research evidence and expert consensus to help school personnel understand how to prevent and manage emergency situations due to food allergies. Based on the latest scientific research and expert consensus, the online course enables school personnel the flexibility to complete the program anytime and anywhere that has an Internet connection. The course is the result of a collaborative effort among the Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network, the Food Allergy Initiative, Anaphylaxis Canada, the Canadian Society of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, and Leap Learning Technologies.

For more information about the course and about how to let a local school know this new tool is available, visit


This article was originally published in Coping® with Allergies & Asthma magazine, September/October 2011.