Anaphylaxis is a severe allergic reaction which can occur after exposure to an allergen, an insect sting or even rarely after exercise. Without immediate administration of epinephrine and medical attention, death could occur. Individuals may experience anaphylaxis that have no known previous history to an allergy and therefore, may not have their own prescription.
Legislation allows for a school nurse or a trained volunteer to administer an epinephrine auto-injector to an individual who is exhibiting potentially life-threatening symptoms of anaphylaxis after exposure or ingestion of an allergen. Training on signs and symptoms of anaphylaxis, how to administer the epinephrine auto-injector, calling EMS (911) and any follow up documentation or actions required will be provided to volunteers. (EC § 49414; SB 1266)