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ACT OF THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY 2007-2008

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NO. R-165.  Joint resolution designating May 6–12 as Vermont food allergy awareness week and honoring children with food allergies and their parents.

(J.R.H. 29)

Offered by:  Representatives Errecart of Shelburne and Lenes of Shelburne

Whereas, food allergy is a growing chronic illness that can cause a fatal anaphylactic reaction, and

Whereas, symptoms of a food-allergic reaction can progress from mild to life-threatening within moments, and

Whereas, anaphylactic reactions to foods claim between 150 and 200 lives in the United States each year, and

Whereas, immediate administration of epinephrine (adrenaline) is key to surviving a serious anaphylactic reaction, and

Whereas, there is no cure for life-threatening food allergies, and strict avoidance of the offending allergen is the only way to prevent a reaction, and

Whereas, up to eight percent of Vermont children under the age of 18 years have a food allergy, and up to six percent of Vermont children under the age of three years have a food allergy, and

Whereas, everyone involved in the daily life of a child with food allergies is affected, and

Whereas, at an early age, children with food allergies must learn to manage their allergies and to be strong advocates for themselves, and

Whereas, children with food allergies must learn skills to keep themselves safe, including self-reliance, assessing risks, handling peer pressure, managing social situations, and following emergency protocols if they suffer an allergic reaction, and

Whereas, children with food allergies have courage and spirit, and are bright and curious, talented and creative, playful and imaginative, and

Whereas, designating a special week related to food allergies will highlight public awareness of this health care issue, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly designates the week of May 6–12 as Vermont food allergy awareness week, and be it further

Resolved:  That the General Assembly honors children with food allergies for the courage they display on a daily basis in managing their life-threatening illness, as well as their parents, and be it 

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to the Vermont Food Allergy Organization in Shelburne.



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