A recent CDC survey estimated that about 1 in 20 U.S. children have food allergies. This new statistic is why the federal government is issuing food allergy guidelines to schools on how to protect children from them.
According to the ABC 7 Denver News website, these voluntary guidelines call on schools to take such steps as restricting nuts, shellfish or other foods that can cause allergic reactions, and make sure emergency allergy medicine-like EpiPens-are available.
The report states that about 15 states already have policies of their own. “The need is here” for a more comprehensive, standardized way for schools to deal with this issue, said Dr. Wayne Giles, who oversaw development of the advice for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The guidelines were released Wednesday.
For more information on this story, visit the ABC 7 Denver News website http://www.thedenverchannel.com/lifestyle/health/centers-for-disease-control-and-prevention-posts-voluntary-food-allergy-guidelines-for-schools10312013.