Bill Allows Schools to Give Life-Saving Shot

Tuesday, Apr 12, 2011  |  Updated 10:01 PM CDT
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Bill Allows Schools to Give Life-Saving Shot

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Illinois schools soon may be able to administer emergency shots to students suffering from life-threatening allergic reactions.

The Illinois House on Tuesday approved legislation letting registered nurses inject students with epinephrine.  The drug prevents shock that can interfere with breathing due to allergic reaction.

The bill -- HB3294 -- passed without a single vote of opposition in the House and now heads to the Senate.

Rep. Chris Nybo is the bill's sponsor. The Lombard Republican said school districts can buy the injections at $50 to $70 each but that isn't required.

A 13-year-old Chicago girl died in December when she had an allergic reaction to food she ate during a class party at school.

Nybo said deaths like hers might be prevented by this legislation.

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