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The current estimate by the Food Allergy Research and Education organization (FARE) is that 1 in every 13 children under the age of 18 have food allergies. According to a study released in 2013 by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the prevalence of food allergies among children increased approximately 50 percent between 1997 and 2011. Food allergies account for 150-200 total deaths each year in the United States. Death occurs more often when there is a delay in the administration of epinephrine. See the National Association of School Nurses Position Statement for guidance on the role of school nurses in managing food allergies in the school setting.

NASN Allergy and Asthma Resources


For questions about this information, contact Louise Wilson (608) 266-8857