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"Modern Family" Star Julie Bowen Narrates New Online Children's E-Book To Help Encourage School Communities To Talk About Anaphylaxis

BASKING RIDGE, N.J., Sept. 9, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The Mylan Specialty L.P. initiative Get Schooled in Anaphylaxis™ today launched a new tool, a children's e-book narrated by Emmy ®-award winning actress Julie Bowen, to help raise awareness of and preparedness for life-threatening allergic reactions, or anaphylaxis. The educational and entertaining e-book is designed to help parents and elementary school staff talk to kids about this sometimes scary subject in a non-threatening way. The e-book is available for free at

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The e-book, titled The Adventures of Ana and Phyl: The Carnival , follows brother and sister duo – Ana and Phyl Axis – as they work with parents, teachers and other children to plan an allergy-friendly event at their school. Through the story, readers learn about the importance of avoiding people's allergens, knowing the signs and symptoms of anaphylaxis, having access to two epinephrine auto-injectors, and being prepared to respond if anaphylaxis occurs. The reader follows them on an adventure to choose the most appropriate foods and supplies to make the event a success. In the end, Ana and Phyl plan a carnival that everyone can enjoy, and that even a skeptical school bully agrees is "the best carnival ever!"

"As the mother of a child with life-threatening allergies, I know how important it is to talk frequently with my child and the people who care for him about this topic," said Bowen, whose oldest son is allergic to peanuts, tree nuts and bee stings. "This e-book offers a great, new way to continue the conversation about the seriousness of anaphylaxis and the importance of avoiding known allergens. The Adventures of Ana and Phyl provides us all with a good reminder of the steps we need to take to be prepared if anaphylaxis occurs."

The Carnival was inspired in part by the many submissions received through the Get Schooled in Anaphylaxis Challenge competition that culminated earlier this year. The book is dedicated to the 15 scholarship winners and honors them by naming some of the characters after them.

Children spend an average of 180 days a year at school, so everyone in the extended school community, including children, parents, school staff, family and friends, should know that anaphylaxis is a life-threatening allergic reaction that has many possible triggers, occurs quickly, and must be treated immediately with epinephrine. Food allergies – a common cause of anaphylaxis – are on the rise, especially in children, making anaphylaxis awareness in the school setting critical.

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