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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 yourSchool 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:

  • Resources for Educators – Information on food management, sample school policies, webinar.
  • General Resources – Includes printed materials, presentations, books for children and teens, educational videos for all audiences.

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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