New Legislation To Keep Kids With Food Allergies Safe At School

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(Memphis) A bill that would authorize schools to have life-saving epinephrine auto- injectors to treat students with severe allergic reactions is now before the Tennessee House and Senate

Some Memphis moms are among those fighting for the legislation that would allow public and private school personnel to administer an epinephrine auto-injector to any student experiencing anaphylaxis.

Jill Connell’s three-year-old son and one-year-old daughter both suffer from food allergies.

Several months ago she set up a Facebook page called ‘Memphis Area Food Allergy Moms’.

The group now has around 30 members.

Connell says there is no question the legislation would save lives.

“It’s very important even for our kids that have food allergies because what if the EpiPen didn’t work or what if it was jammed or they forgot it. It’s also important for other kids because a child can develop a food allergy at any time,” said Connell.

Connell says 25% of all allergy reactions in schools are from children who have never had a reaction before.