Julie Bowen: Be More Aware of Life-threatening Allergies

Julie-BowenJulie Bowen’s son experienced an anaphylactic reaction when he was a toddler. Fortunately for him, he received immediate medical care and recovered quickly. However, not everyone are as fortunate.

To address the growing rate of life-threatening allergic reactions and to make our schools safer for students at risk, Bowen has joined Mylan Specialty L.P to launch Health Awareness Initiative.

“Like most kids, my son spends 180 days in school each year and I need to know that the people he is with every day know the signs and symptoms of anaphylaxis and what to do if it occurs,” said Bowen.

According to statistics, 1 in every 13 children is at risk for life-threatening allergies.

“Anaphylaxis is a significant public health issue in our nationís schools, where accidental exposures to allergens may occur,” said Hemant Sharma, M.D., associate chief of the Division of Allergy and Immunology at Childrenís National Medical Center in Washington, D.C. “We need to make sure everyone responsible for the safety of children in schools knows how to identify and avoid allergic triggers, recognize anaphylaxis signs and symptoms, and understand how to quickly get appropriate treatment and immediate medical care when a life-threatening allergic reaction occurs.”

The Get Schooled In Anaphylaxis campaign kicked off with College Scholarship Challenge where students in grades 1-12 are invited to write brief essays about the topic. Fifteen students with most original, creative and helpful essays will be given a $2000 college scholarship.

More information about anaphylaxis as well as the rules for the college scholarship challenge can be found at www.Anaphylaxis101.com