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person using an epipen

In 2015, there were changes in legislation for the administration of the Epi-Pen. Public Act 14- 176. The changes were designed to protect all students with a potentially life-threatening allergy. The purpose is to provide emergency first aid to a student who experiences an allergic reaction even if the student does not have a prior written authorization for the administration of epinephrine.

This Act allows trained staff to deliver an Epi-Pen to a student with an allergy who presents with signs and symptoms of a severe allergic reaction.

Under the revised law, a student's parent or guardian may submit a written directive to the school nurse to prohibit the administration of epinephrine to such a student each school year. If you chose to do so, or have any questions, please contact your school nurse.