BRIDGEWATER, N.J., 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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With Labor Day 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 Jerome Bettis, 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%).
- 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.
- More than half responded that they wear shoes when outdoors (63%) as well as avoid clothes with bright colors and floral patterns (54%).