If you have a diagnosis of allergies, especially if this is an anaphylaxis reaction (severe life threatening allergy) you or your parents/carers will need to inform your school so that a care plan can be put into place. You may already have a care plan written for school from your specialist nurse or GP, this can be brought into school. Some training will be offered to school staff by the school nurse in how to manage and spot the signs of anaphylaxis.
You and your parents or carers responsibilities
- If you require adrenaline auto injector pens will receive ongoing prescriptions from their GP. Adrenaline auto injector pens last for 18 months. Schools are able to purchase emergency adrenaline auto injector pens if additional are required. Find out more from at Anaphylaxis UK.
- Make sure that the school are aware that you have your adrenaline auto injector pens with you and where you keep them. Your parent / carer may need to sign a consent form for this.
- Always tell an appropriate adult when you use your auto injector pen.
- Ensure both of your adrenaline auto injector pens are in date! Don’t wait until this has expired to get a new one prescribed, plan ahead.
- All medication will need to be labelled with your name and date of birth by the pharmacists. Liquid or tablet antihistamines should also be labelled and kept by the school.
- You will need to have your adrenaline auto injector pen with you on any school trips, swimming, after school clubs and for sports; you will need to discuss this with you teacher.
- Attend all medical appointments.
- Each school has a named school nurse who you can speak to if you have any worries.
Allergy UK and the Anaphylaxis campaign provide lots of helpful resources to support you with your Allergy.