(CNN) — Allergies in school have been a growing concern for parents, students, and school faculties. A new law, called the School Access to Emergency Epinephrine Act has been passed that will hopefully put many fears to rest and potentially save lives.
For President Obama, this bill hits close to home. The law is designed to protect students with severe food allergies in schools, and as it turns out, that includes the president’s oldest daughter, Malia.
Severe food allergies affect many children. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 4-6 percent of students in the U.S. suffer from them. And the effects, if gone untreated, can be deadly.
The new law attempts to get schools ready. Schools will receive a financial incentive–in grants–to increase stockpiles of the so-called EpiPens in their schools. These EpiPens will give personnel the ability to administer care if a student is having a severe reaction. Staff members will, of course, be trained in how to use the EpiPens.
It’s important to note that this doesn’t apply to all states. It provides incentives to states that would like to participate.