Anaphylaxis is a severe, rapidly progressive allergic reaction that is potentially life threatening. The most common allergens in school-aged children are peanuts, eggs, tree nuts (e.g. cashews), cow’s milk, fish and shellfish, wheat, soy, sesame seeds, latex, certain insect stings and medications.
The keys to prevention of anaphylaxis are planning, risk minimisation, awareness and education
All schools within the Diocese of Ballarat have an anaphylaxis management policy.
The following guidelines prepared by the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development (2014) have been developed to assist all Victorian Schools in planning for, and supporting students with severe allergies.