Becoming Allergy Aware
Having an allergy, or a loved one having an allergy, can be difficult. However, there are lots of resources available to help.
What is anaphylaxis?
An acute allergic reaction to an antigen (e.g., a bee sting) to which the body has become hypersensitive.
What can I, and others, do to become more allergy aware?
AllergyAware.ca offers online anaphylaxis courses for the community, developed by leaders in health education – Food Allergy Canada (formerly Anaphylaxis Canada), the Canadian Society of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, and Leap Learning Technologies.
- If you are a student or parent, take the Anaphylaxis in the Community course.
- If you are a teacher, an administrator or other school staff, take the Anaphylaxis in Schools course.
Additional information can be found through Food Allergy Canada.
“Food Allergy Canada educates, supports and advocates for the needs of people living with food allergies and the risk of anaphylaxis. We also support and participate in food allergy research.”
What are autoinjectors?
Autoinjectors are life-saving devices that are the first line of defence during an anaphylactic reaction. They contain epinephrine, a drug commonly known as adrenaline. Three kinds of autoinjectors are available in Canada, Epi-Pens, Emerade, and Allerject. We have created instructional videos for Epi-Pens, which you can view in English and in French.