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New state law requires Epinephrine be available in schools next fall

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KALAMAZOO (WKZO) -- When school begins next fall, students will have extra medical protection from potentially fatal allergic reactions.

Late last year the State Legislature approved a bill that will require that all schools have two epinephrine delivery systems on hand and staff trained to use them.

Dr. Rob Reinhardt says it’s going to save lives.

He says its now estimated that 8 to 10% of the nations youth are now allergic to something, it could be anything from peanut butter to bee stings.

He says the new requirement is not for the children they know have allergies. They usually carry around their own Epi-pens, it’s for the 25% that have not been diagnosed.

 

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