Aug. 20, 2013
/PRNewswire/ -- In a new nationwide survey* commissioned by Sanofi US, the makers of Auvi-Q™ (epinephrine injection, USP), 65% of caregivers of children with a severe allergy to food, insect stings or other causes reported that their child has had a severe allergic reaction while on vacation.
The nationwide survey, conducted by Wakefield Research, a leading market research firm, also showed that 70% of adults at risk for anaphylaxis have had a severe allergic reaction while taking a trip.
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around the corner – one of the busiest travel weekends of the year – it is essential that people with a severe allergy are prepared in case of an emergency. Yet despite guidelines emphasizing the life-saving role of epinephrine, 68% of adults at risk for anaphylaxis and nearly half (49%) of all caregivers of children with a severe allergy surveyed, reported to have forgotten or left behind their or their child's epinephrine auto-injector while away.
"As someone severely allergic to shellfish and a frequent traveler, I understand firsthand the importance of being prepared for an unexpected severe allergic reaction," said football legend
, who is a spokesperson for Auvi-Q. "It's critical that I plan ahead. This includes avoiding my allergen and letting restaurant staff know about my severe allergy; making sure I always carry my two Auvi-Q epinephrine auto-injectors; and knowing the number for emergency medical assistance in the area I'm visiting." Bettis has been working with Sanofi throughout the year on a number of activities to raise awareness of severe allergies.
Allergy Hot Spots
: Whether traveling halfway across the world or one town away, severe allergies can make travel stressful. In fact, almost all (99%) of those surveyed said they are worried about experiencing a severe allergic reaction at one or more outings.
- Worry spots for caregivers of food allergic children (n=142) include restaurants (65%), someone else's home (63%), and picnics or BBQs (59%).
- Those caring for children with insect sting allergies (n=117) reported being worried at a picnic or BBQ (67%), on vacation (64%), and at the pool or beach (61%).
The risk that comes with eating outside the home for those with food allergies is very real. Seventy-six percent of those adults with a food allergy that were surveyed (n=176) have had a severe allergic reaction while on vacation or taking a trip.
Here's how those adults or caregivers of children living with a food allergy surveyed (n=260) said they manage on the road:
Don't Let the Bad Bugs Bite:
- 75% responded that they verify all ingredients and preparation methods before eating.
- 57% responded that they make allergy-friendly food at home to bring and eat.
Avoiding bees, wasps and other insects can be a challenge in the Summer. Seventy percent of those adults with an insect sting allergy surveyed (n=172) have experienced a severe allergic reaction while on vacation or taking a trip. What steps do those adults or caregivers of children living with an insect sting allergy surveyed (n=224) take when going outdoors?
- More than half responded that they wear shoes when outdoors (63%) as well as avoid clothes with bright colors and floral patterns (54%).
"Although it is encouraging that many people take steps to manage their risk for a severe allergic reaction, the high percentage of people surveyed experiencing anaphylaxis while away still points to the need for increased education on allergen avoidance and always carrying an epinephrine auto-injector in case of an emergency," said Dr.
, Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine at the
State University of New York
, Director of the Adult Allergy Clinic at Nassau University Medical Center, and consultant to Sanofi US. "I want my patients to enjoy their vacations, which is why I emphasize the importance of having an action plan in place to be prepared for an unexpected allergic reaction."
Auvi-Q (epinephrine injection, USP) is the first-and-only epinephrine auto-injector with audio and visual cues for the emergency treatment of life-threatening allergic reactions in people who are at risk for or have a history of anaphylaxis. The size and shape of a credit card and the thickness of a smartphone, Auvi-Q is a breakthrough in epinephrine auto-injector design that talks patients and caregivers step-by-step through the injection process.