Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Resources

Welcome to the Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Resources page! Here, you'll find essential tools, expert advice, and a supportive network to help manage food allergies and anaphylaxis with confidence. 


Food Allergies & Anaphylaxis

Approximately 33 million Americans, including 5.6 million children under 18, suffer from food allergies, amounting to about one in 13 children or two per classroom*.

The prevalence of food allergies has continued to rise over the last 20 years, cementing food anaphylaxis as a global health crisis.

Anaphylaxis, a rapid and life-threatening allergic reaction, necessitates immediate medical intervention and can be fatal within 15 minutes without proper treatment.

At Food Allergy Institute, we stress the importance of being as familiar with recognizing anaphylaxis and using an Epinephrine Auto-Injector should be just as common as knowing how to do CPR (Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation). 

*Source: FARE

Epinephrine Auto-Injector (EAI) Training Programs

The Food Allergy Institute’s Epinephrine Auto-Injector (EAI) Training Programs are a vital initiative to increase awareness and safety for children with severe food allergies.

Anaphylaxis is a sudden, severe allergic reaction that demands swift intervention. By getting trained, you can help save lives in your community.

EAI Training for Businesses

While there are no mandated laws for business or privately owned preschools to stock epinephrine, it is crucial for these establishments to be prepared for emergencies involving individuals with food allergies. To assist businesses in Southern California, we provide an EMSA-Approved in-person Training Program for groups of 4 or more, as well as a virtual EMSA-Approved Training Program. This comprehensive program ensure that staff are equipped with the necessary knowledge and skills to recognize anaphylaxis symptoms and administer EAIs effectively.

By participating in these EMSA-Approved training programs, businesses in California have the opportunity to obtain an EMSA Epinephrine Certificate. This certificate enables businesses to receive a prescription from a physician to carry stock epinephrine, further enhancing their preparedness for allergy-related emergencies.

EAI Training for Lay Persons

While there are no mandates requiring individuals to carry stock epinephrine, the reality is that we regularly come into contact with individuals who have food allergies. It may be beneficial for some laypersons to receive training for potential emergency situations.

For laypersons, we provide an EMSA-Approved In-person Training Program for groups of 4 or more, as well as a virtual EMSA-Approved Training Program. These programs are designed to equip businesses in Southern California with the necessary knowledge and skills to identify anaphylaxis symptoms and administer EAIs effectively.

Being EMSA-Approved, completion of these training courses by laypersons residing in California opens the possibility to apply for an EMSA Epinephrine Certificate. This certificate enables individuals to obtain a prescription from a physician to carry stock epinephrine for use in emergency situations.

School Allergy Education and Anaphylaxis Training

Training on food allergies covers a comprehensive range of topics. This informative session is tailored for teachers and administrators seeking to understand food allergies, anaphylaxis, their impact on children and those around them, and the proper use of various epinephrine auto-injectors. Stay updated on the latest laws regarding stock epinephrine in school settings.

Our complimentary in-person training is available to both private and public schools in LA, OC, and San Diego. For those nationwide, we also offer virtual sessions!

*Schools aiming to fulfill EC Section 49414 requirements, please reach out for additional details. Note that meeting these requirements goes beyond an epinephrine auto-injector course and necessitates consultation with our medical experts.*

Stock Epinephrine for Schools

What is stock epinephrine for schools?

Stock epinephrine refers to epinephrine that is specifically designated for an organization, such as a school. In California, as outlined by the California Department of Education, pharmacies are allowed to supply epinephrine auto-injectors to a local educational agency under Business and Professions Code Section 4119.2(a) in accordance with EC Section 49414. This provision applies when the auto-injectors are solely intended for use at a school district or county office of education, and a physician and surgeon issues a written order specifying the quantity of auto-injectors to be provided.

Does my state require Stock Epinephrine in my school?

According to California Education Code (EC) Section 49414 (a), revised by Senate Bill 1266, it is mandatory for school districts, county offices of education, and charter schools to supply emergency epinephrine auto-injectors to willing school nurses and trained staff. This authorization allows them to administer epinephrine auto-injectors to individuals experiencing, or suspected of experiencing, an anaphylactic reaction, providing crucial emergency medical assistance.

Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Emergency Care Plan

If your child has life-threatening anaphylactic food allergies, print the Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Emergency Care Plan form provided below. Once it is printed, have it completed by your physician and then submit it to your school’s health nurse. Your child’s safety is our priority!

Signs and Symptoms of Anaphylaxis Posters

Anaphylaxis is a potentially life-threatening allergic reaction that can quickly worsen following the initial appearance of symptoms. Download our “Signs and Symptoms of Anaphylaxis Posters” now to familiarize yourself with the various indicators linked to anaphylactic reactions across different age groups, including infants, school-age children, and individuals leading various lifestyles.

How do you use an Epinephrine Auto-Injector? EpiPen® & Auvi-Q

How to use generic and name brand EpiPen?

1. Remove the EpiPen® or EpiPen Jr® Auto-Injector from the clear carrier tube.
2. Grasp the auto-injector in your fist with the orange tip (needle end) pointing downward.
3. With your other hand, remove the blue safety release by pulling straight up.
4. Swing and push the auto-injector firmly into the middle of the outer thigh until it ‘clicks’.
5. Hold firmly in place for 3 seconds (count slowly 1, 2, 3).
6. Remove and massage the injection area for 10 seconds.
7. Call 911 and get emergency medical help right away.

How to use Auvi-Q, a brand of epinephrine auto-injector?

1. Remove Auvi-Q from the outer case.
2. Pull off the red safety guard.
3. Place the black end of Auvi-Q against the middle of the outer thigh.
4. Press firmly until you hear a click and hiss sound, and hold in place for 2 seconds.
5. Call 911 and get emergency medical help right away.

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