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Webinars and events – March 2021

March 3, 2021

Register for our upcoming live events, including how to use epinephrine auto-injectors with Dr. Julia Upton, and understanding oral allergy syndrome/pollen food allergy syndrome with Dr. Anne Ellis. Register your 7-to-15-year-old for the Spring session of our Allergy Pals/Allies peer mentorship program. Attend an upcoming small group webinar on managing food allergy and anaphylaxis. Watch our “encore presentation series” to get the facts you need to know for managing food allergy safely during COVID-19. Plus, connect virtually with one of our support groups, and learn about the co-leaders of the Saskatchewan Anaphylaxis Support Group.

Sign up for our upcoming live events!

Don’t miss out on our live events happening in March and April. Learn more about the events below and sign up today!

March 24 Facebook Live session: How to use epinephrine auto-injectors for treating anaphylaxis with Dr. Julia Upton

On Wednesday, March 24th from 12pm-1pm EDT, tune in for a Facebook Live session on how to use the different epinephrine auto-injectors in Canada, including EpiPen®, ALLERJECT® and Emerade™, and how these devices are used to treat anaphylaxis. Our guest speaker is Dr. Julia Upton and you’ll be able to ask your questions on anaphylaxis live. 

Here are the details:

  • What the session is about: A review of the different epinephrine auto-injectors in Canada for treating anaphylaxis and demonstrations of how they are used, followed by Q&A, where you can ask questions live. 
  • Who is speaking: Dr. Julia Upton, she is staff at the Hospital for Sick Children in the Immunology and Allergy department; and an Associate Professor in the Department of Paediatrics at the University of Toronto. She is the past Section Chair of the Anaphylaxis and Food Allergy Section of the Canadian Society of Allergy and Clinical Immunology. Dr. Upton is also a member of our Healthcare Advisory Board.
  • When is the session: Wednesday, March 24, 2021 from 12pm – 1pm EDT.
  • How to attend the session: Visit our Facebook page @FoodAllergyCanada on March 24 at 12pm EDT where you will find the livestream. RSVP on our Facebook event page to get a notification when the livestream begins!

Don’t miss out on this informative and timely session, and if you have an epinephrine auto-injector training device, have it handy for this session so you can follow along. If you don’t have one, no problem, a training device is not required for this session.

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April 29 Webinar: Understanding oral allergy syndrome / pollen food allergy syndrome with Dr. Anne Ellis

Attend our webinar on Thursday, April 29 from 12pm-1pm EDT with Dr. Anne Ellis to learn more about oral allergy syndrome (OAS). You’ll hear about the basics of OAS, including symptoms, diagnosis and treatment, reactions and their severity, and how to manage it. 

For kids: Allergy Pals/Allies online mentorship program

Register your 7-to-15-year-old today for the spring session of Allergy Pals/Allies. The free, 8-week online session will run from April 24 to June 12, 2021. The program has received outstanding feedback and spaces fill up quickly!

Watch the videos below to learn about the impact this program makes and register your child today.

Get an overview of the program – learn how the program works, the program expectations, time commitment and other information:

Learn how the Allergy Pals program has impacted 11-year-old Benjamin’s life and what he’s learned about living with food allergy: 

Small group webinar: Managing food allergy and anaphylaxis

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Do you have questions on managing food allergy and anaphylaxis? Attend one of our free 90-minute interactive webinars led by a trained parent mentor. You’ll learn fundamental information about daily management and living confidently with food allergy and anaphylaxis. Plus, you’ll connect with others in our community who can relate!

These sessions are geared towards parents of children who have been recently diagnosed with a food allergy. It’s also a great session for others who are interested in this topic, or would like a refresher.

Following the session, you’ll be able to answer:

  • What are food allergy and anaphylaxis
  • How to avoid a reaction
  • What are the signs and symptoms of anaphylaxis
  • What to do in an emergency

We have extended the number of participants that can attend these sessions during this time. Sessions fill up quickly, so register now to save your spot. Our next sessions are Saturday, March 6th and Friday, March 12th.

If you have already attended one of these webinars, please help us spread the word so others can also benefit. Please share!

Encore presentation series: COVID-19 and food allergy 

In this series, we feature past online events and webinars. This month watch our COVID-19 and food allergy series. Get educated on managing food allergy during the pandemic, including answers to your questions on the vaccines and the early introduction of allergens. Watch the videos below and please share with others, so they can also benefit from this important information.

COVID-19 vaccines and food allergy: Get the facts

Learn about the COVID-19 vaccines and the impacts to those with food allergy. Hear from a panel of experts and get credible and informative answers to your questions, while learning more about the vaccine options.

Your questions answered on introducing allergens to babies during COVID-19

The Canadian Paediatric Society (CPS) continues to recommend introducing allergenic solids early to babies at high risk of food allergy, even during a pandemic. Watch this Q/A webinar with the co-authors of CPS’ practice point on the introduction of allergenic foods.

Learn about our support groups across Canada and connect with one virtually!

Charlene, Michele and Allison, leaders of the Saskatchewan Anaphylaxis Support Group

Support groups provide a warm and caring environment for you to get help in dealing with the day-to-day stress of being at risk of anaphylaxis or having a child who is at risk. Plus, it’s a great way to keep updated on any new developments in the food allergy community.

During this time, most of our support groups are connecting virtually through social media. Find one near you and connect online! If there isn’t one in your community, we’ll help you get one started.

Support group profile: Saskatchewan Anaphylaxis Support Group

This month, we feature co-leaders Charlene, Michele and Allison who have recently merged support groups to form the Saskatchewan Anaphylaxis Support Group (SASG). Learn about each of their stories and connect online!

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