Emergency shots for children who suffer from food allergies may soon be stocked by school nurses. A plan headed to the Governor says along with keeping a supply of epinephrine, school nurses would be able to administer the shot.
Democratic Senator Jeff Schoenburg of Evanston says the legislation was borne out of a Chicago case last year where thirteen year old Katelyn Carlson died after a severe allergic reaction in her middle school.
Public and private school nurses would be able to give the shots in case of emergency. Children with previously unknown food allergies to peanuts, milk, shellfish and soy would also be able to receive the shot. Right now, a prescription is needed for a child to receive any medication. This plan would allow the shots without one.