Doctor's Review: Medicine on the Move

October 17, 2017
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Anaphylactic crock

Most major airlines don’t sufficiently protect allergic passengers from nuts, shellfish or other allergens, according to research compiled by the Canadian magazine Allergic Living. Air Canada refuses to stop serving nuts if an allergic passenger is on board, “as this would be unfair to other passengers.” With one recent study showing that 10 percent of allergic passengers have had serious in-flight reactions, you’d be well advised to not only alert your allergic patients to the precautions they can take, like carrying an epinephrine auto-injector, but also to take heed yourself if you have an allergy. The magazine has launched a write-in campaign to lobby Air Canada and WestJet to adopt safer, more sensible policies. www.allergicliving.com .

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