New Illinois law enables more school workers to give emergency injections

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Trained school employees and volunteers will be allowed to administer an emergency epinephrine injection if they believe a student or visitor is having an allergic reaction under a bill signed Wednesday by Gov. Pat Quinn.

The legislation expands on a 2011 law that allowed school nurses to give the drug to any student believed to be having a life-threatening allergic reaction, even if the child had not been diagnosed with an allergy.

“We want to make sure we do everything in our schools to protect the good health of our students,” said Quinn, surrounded by parents, students and health advocates.

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