With school back in full swing, now is the ideal time to review your kid’s anaphylaxis action plan.
The Australasian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy (ASCIA) have updated three action plans for 2020:
- Action Plan for Anaphylaxis (RED) EpiPen – for people with allergies who have been prescribed EpiPen adrenaline autoinjectors.
- Action Plan for Anaphylaxis (RED) Generic – for people with allergies who have been prescribed any brand of adrenaline autoinjectors.
- Action Plan for Allergic Reactions (GREEN) – for people with allergies who haven’t been prescribed adrenaline autoinjectors.
Though ASCIA has made some changes to the plans, the 2018 and 2017 versions are still OK to use until the end of 2021. You should discard any pre-2017 versions.
It’s important to make sure your EpiPens aren’t expired – and a good idea to remind yourself how to use them.
There are two types of EpiPens:
- EpiPen junior for children weighing 7.5kg to 20 kg.
- Standard EpiPen for people over 20kg
You may need to move up to the 20+kg EpiPen if your child has grown into a higher weight bracket.
For those who meet the requirements for an authority prescription, you’ll be eligible for two subsidised EpiPens. You can purchase extra EpiPens from your local pharmacy without a script. This is a sensible option for families who need more than two injectors, for example, the third one for school or the grandparent’s house.