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Schools & Child Care

Anaphylaxis and Auto Injector Training

What is Anaphylaxis?

Anaphylaxis is a serious allergic reaction; symptoms occur rapidly and can cause death. 

Legislation: Sabrina’s Law

Under Sabrina’s Law, 2005

all School Boards in Ontario are required to have policies or procedures to address anaphylaxis in schools. Please refer to your School Board policy.

Does SMDHU Provide Anaphylaxis and Auto Injector Training?

No. The health unit does not offer comprehensive training related to anaphylaxis or other prevalent medical conditions.

Schools may request for their Healthy Schools Public Health Nurses to provide a demonstration to staff on the use of epinephrine auto-injectors.

Prior to the demonstration, all staff in attendance must have reviewed School Board policy or procedures and have completed appropriate training related to anaphylaxis. 

Training Resources

Schools are encouraged to review their school board policies and procedures pertaining to the prevention and management of anaphylaxis and other prevalent medical conditions, including training requirements. Your school board may already have a training agreement in place with local first aid training agencies or other community healthcare providers.

Additional Resources  

Food Allergy Canada:

Peanut Allergy Fact Sheet (PDF) – created by the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit.

Canadian Society of Allergy & Clinical Immunology:

Food Allergy Canada: educates, supports and advocates for the needs of people living with food allergies and the risk of anaphylaxis. Food Allergy Canada also supports and participates in food allergy research.

Pharmaceutical - access information and resources regarding epinephrine auto-injectors online through the manufacturer(s):

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