Have Food Allergy – Will Travel
Best wishes to all of those travelling overseas this summer. Here is a list of tips, and links to resources, to help you keep safe and enjoy your trip:
1. Plan ahead
The Australasian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy (ASCIA) has a great checklist for travelling with allergy, asthma and anaphylaxis, as well as a travel plan for people at risk of anaphylaxis.
See our travel article in e-Allergy Today December 2018 Newsletter for tips re airline travel.
2. Check availability of EpiPens
While adrenaline auto-injectors can be purchased through pharmacies in most European countries, the UK, USA, Canada and Australia, there are different devices in some countries, and a shortage of EpiPens in some as well. You should also check the emergency numbers to ring in case of anaphylaxis, in each of the places you will be visiting.
National Patient Organisations have a lot of information on their websites. Contact details for those who are members of the International Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Alliance are on: https://www.foodallergy.org/education-awareness/advocacy-resources/international-food-allergy-anaphylaxis-alliance
3. Anaphylaxis information has been translated into a number of languages
A range of information in different languages is available on: https://www.allergy.org.au/patients/about-allergy/anaphylaxis-translations and https://www.allergy.org.au/patients/about-allergy/anaphylaxis-translations-nz (Maori, Samoan and Tongan).
4. Food Allergen Translation Cards
These can help when eating out. Check https://www.selectwisely.com/catalog/Food_Allergies-1
Penny Jorgensen, Allergy Advisor, Allergy New Zealand