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Senators to discuss help for kids with allergies

Published: Sunday, Nov. 10, 2013 8:03 a.m. CDT

CHICAGO (AP) — U.S. Sens. Dick Durbin and Mark Kirk want states to improve school access to medication used to treat children's allergy attacks.

The Illinois senators are scheduled to speak about the issue Sunday at Lurie Children's Hospital in Chicago. They're expected to be joined by the head of allergy and immunology at the hospital and several families with children who have severe allergies.

Durbin and Kirk co-sponsored bipartisan legislation that has been approved by the House and Senate. The bill builds upon a 2011 Illinois law that allows schools to maintain a supply of epinephrine to treat student allergies.

The newly approved legislation encourages schools to maintain access to epinephrine auto-injectors, which are used when students have life-threatening allergic reactions to food or other substances.

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