This week has been Food Allergy Aware Week. At Craigburn we have many students (and teachers) who have allergies to foods.
Please take time to read through the following facts and learn how to support our students who experience allergies.
Australia has one of the highest rates of food allergies in the developed world and the incidence is increasing at an alarming rate.1
- One in 10 babies born in Australia today will develop a potentially life-threatening food allergy.
- Allergy & Anaphylaxis Australia estimates that there are more than 650,000 Australians with diagnosed food allergy – which doesn’t account for the many who are undiagnosed.
- Recent research has found a link between incidence of asthma and food allergy in teenage children.
- There has been a rapid increase of food allergy over the last 10 – 15 years. Anaphylactic reactions now account for 1 in every 500 hospital admissions for children aged 5-14.4
The main message is to BE AWARE.