Allergies & Anaphylaxis
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How to manage allergies

An allergy is an overreaction of the body to an ordinarily harmless substance. The substance (allergen) triggers the immune system to release chemicals to defend against the allergen. These chemicals can affect various body systems causing uncomfortable and sometimes dangerous symptoms.

Anaphylaxis is a severe allergic reaction that can lead to rapid death if left untreated. It occurs when the body’s immune system reacts to harmless substances, like peanuts or bee stings, as though they were harmful invaders.

Anaphylaxis Protection Order

In September 2007, the BC Ministry of Education released the Anaphylaxis Protection Order which states that every board must establish and maintain policy and procedures relating to anaphylaxis. For more information on the Anaphylaxis Protection Order and Anaphylaxis Framework visit the BC Ministry of Education Healthy Schools.

Important to note

It is very important for students with severe allergic reactions (anaphylaxis) that:

  • Medical Alert Planning forms and Request for Medication forms have been completed by parents and doctor and returned to the school (visit the Medical Conditions at School page for more information).
  • Adrenalin Auto-Injector is labelled for the student. The Auto-Injector should be accessible to the student at all times.
  • School personnel, as well as the student,  have had education about anaphylaxis and avoidance of allergens and are trained in recognizing and treating anaphylaxis (Interior Health Public Health Nurses are available to train staff).
  • Student wears MedicAlert identification at all times. 

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