Recognizing & Responding to Anaphylaxis

Washington Heights and Inwood Development Corporation offers online Anaphylaxis training on a monthly basis. It is an official American Red Cross class, taught by certified American Red Cross instructors.  In addition to this training, we will be walking you through your Individual Health Care Plan of Action.

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Anaphylaxis can happen at any time

Make sure you're prepared to save a life by taking this course.

American Red CrossAnaphylaxis (pronounced an-uh-fil-LAX-is) is a severe, potentially life-threatening allergic reaction. Symptoms can affect several areas of the body, including breathing and blood circulation. Food allergy is the most common cause of anaphylaxis, although several other allergens—such as insect stings, medications or latex—can be potential triggers. Rarely, anaphylaxis is caused by exercise. Another uncommon form can occur when a person exercises soon after eating a problem food. 

If you want to learn more first aid/CPR/AED skills, then look at our First Aid/CPR/AED training course.

In 2019, the Governor of NY signed new legislation called “Elijah’s Law”. Elijah’s Law is named  Elijah-Alavi Silvera, who died of anaphylaxis in November 2017 after a New York City preschool employee fed him a grilled cheese sandwich, despite the daycare having documentation of the child’s severe dairy allergy and asthma. Staff at the preschool, which has closed, also failed to: call 911, administer epinephrine, or even inform his mother that her son had eaten cheese.  

The law, the first of its kind in the United States, will require all daycare programs to implement guidelines to prevent, recognize and respond to anaphylactic reactions.

If you are a childcare professional, you play a critical role in protecting the health and safety of the children in your program. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that 1 in 13 children is impacted by allergies. Elijah’s Law implementation requires changes to your childcare program, valuable, life-saving changes, that are intended to prevent further tragedy.


This online course will teach you the signs and symptoms of anaphylaxis and how to care for a person having a severe allergic reaction, including how to administer epinephrine using an auto-injector device. The course, which includes video, activities that reinforce key information and a learning assessment, will take approximately 30 minutes to complete.  In addition to this training, we will be walking you through your Individual Health Care Plan of Action.

Responding to Anaphylaxis Class

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