When your child is at risk for severe allergic reactions, sending them off to school can be difficult.
Here are 4 quick back-to-school tips with tools you can use to make things a little easier. We've been busy sharing them with schools to help prepare school nurses, faculty, and staff for Auvi‑Q.
If you find these tips and tools useful, please share them with others.
Talk to people at your child's school. Make sure the school knows what your child is allergic to. This allergy card and discussion guide will help make sure everyone's on the same page.
Fill out an Allergy ID Card and share it with the school nurse, teachers, and cafeteria workers to remind them what allergens your child needs to avoid.
Talk to a teacher or nurse about the school's policy regarding the management of severe allergies and the storage and use of epinephrine auto-injectors like Auvi‑Q. This discussion guide and Auvi‑Q fact sheet can help you get started.
Know the school's policy for epinephrine auto‑injectors. Make sure you call the school and ask what the procedure is for children who need to carry epinephrine auto-injectors like Auvi‑Q.
Have an action plan. It's best to have an up-to-date action plan for your child at school. Many schools use their own form. If one is not provided, you can fill out this Action Plan with your healthcare provider and share it with the school.Print the Action Plan
Teach your child to describe their symptoms. Encourage your child to use his or her own words to describe symptoms. It's important that they know it's not whining or complaining – it might make all the difference in an emergency.
Auvi‑Q™ (epinephrine injection, USP) is used to treat life-threatening allergic reactions (anaphylaxis) in people who are at risk for or have a history of these reactions.
Auvi-Q is for immediate self (or caregiver) administration and does not take the place of emergency medical care. Seek immediate medical treatment after use. Each Auvi-Q contains a single dose of epinephrine. Auvi‑Q should only be injected into your outer thigh. DO NOT INJECT INTO BUTTOCK OR INTRAVENOUSLY. If you accidentally inject Auvi‑Q into any other part of your body, seek immediate medical treatment. Epinephrine should be used with caution if you have heart disease or are taking certain medicines that can cause heart‑related (cardiac) symptoms.
If you take certain medicines, you may develop serious life-threatening side effects from epinephrine. Be sure to tell your doctor all the medicines you take, especially medicines for asthma. Side effects may be increased in patients with certain medical conditions, or who take certain medicines. These include asthma, allergies, depression, thyroid disease, Parkinson's disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease.
The most common side effects may include increase in heart rate, stronger or irregular heartbeat, sweating, nausea and vomiting, difficulty breathing, paleness, dizziness, weakness or shakiness, headache, apprehension, nervousness, or anxiety. These side effects go away quickly, especially if you rest.
You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit www.fda.gov/medwatch or call 1-800-FDA-1088.
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