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Indiana Senate Passes Allergy Policy for Schools

Schools could have an easier time helping kids with food or other allergies under a bill passed by the State Senate.

Right now, if a child is allergic to foods, bee stings or something else that causes a quick, life threatening reaction, they are allowed to bring an EpiPen or other device which school nurses can keep on hand.

State Senator Vaneta  Becker of Evansville says the idea for the bill came from a constituent whose child has a food allergy and who worried whether kids who have an initial allergic reaction at school would have access to treatment that could save their lives.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, food allergies affect nearly one in 13 children, while just over three-percent are allergic to bee stings.