IL House passes legislation to protect children from allergic reactions

SPRINGFIELD, IL (KFVS) - Attorney General Lisa Madigan joined state Rep. Chris Nybo in praising Tuesday's passage of legislation that protects Illinois school children who suffer from severe allergies.

House lawmakers voted 113-0 to send to the Senate a bill that would allow school nurses in public and private schools to administer epinephrine auto-injectors known as "epi-ens," on students who they believe are suffering from anaphylactic shock, a life threatening allergic reaction to food or other allergens.

"Allowing schools to have epi-pens on hand is a simple yet crucial safety measure that can prevent tragedy," said Madigan.

According to the Journal of Pediatrics, one in four cases of childhood anaphylaxis occur in children who were not previously diagnosed with a food or other severe allergy.

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