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AAFA’s New England Chapter serves the six New England states: Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont. Since 1979, we have assisted thousands with asthma and allergies to live safer, healthier lives in many ways. We help adult patients and parents learn how to manage their asthma and allergies, including food allergies, in many settings. We train childcare providers, nurses and respiratory therapists; publish a newsletter and other educational materials; and provide telephone information and referrals to individuals and agencies. We work in communities and with the media to raise awareness about the seriousness of life-threatening allergies and asthma, and advocate for policies to  support and improve the lives of people with asthma and allergies.  Let us know how we can help YOU!

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Educational Support Group Programs

Provide you with opportunities to learn from experts, get your questions answered, meet others who share your concerns, find resources and gain confidence.

Upcoming Programs    Click here for details

Additional meeting locations and topics may be scheduled.
Check back or join our e-mail list to receive meeting announcements for your area.

November 17, 2014
Food Allergies and Anaphylaxis:  How to Prevent and Handle Severe Allergic Reactions (Lexington, MA)

November 18, 2014
Allergy Emergencies: Are You Prepared? (Salem, MA)

November 18, 2014
Talking with Children about Their Food Allergies (Newton-Wellesley Hospital, Newton, MA)

Fill out the form at the right to make sure you are on our e-mail list to receive meeting announcements for your area.

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Children with asthma are at higher risk for severe respiratory illness from the Enterovirus

With children back in school, the fall illness season has begun. An outbreak of the rare enterovirus (EV D-68) is hospitalizing kids across the country.

Most people who are infected do not need to seek medical care and will experience typical cold-like symptoms.  IMPORTANT: Children with asthma are at higher risk for complications from respiratory infections, and are being affected more severely by this virus..

If you have a child with asthma, be sure that your child has an up-to-date asthma action plan created with his or her primary care doctor or asthma specialist. Be sure to keep up with daily controller medications and have your child’s quick-relief medicine (bronchodilator such as albuterol) on hand at school, sports, etc.

The illness worsens quickly, so keep a close watch for severe respiratory symptoms, especially wheezing and difficulty breathing, and don’t hesitate to seek immediate medical care. For example, call your doctor promptly if your child has unusual nighttime awakenings due to asthma.

Teach your children to wash their hands often with soap, to not share drinks or utensils, and to avoid close contact with anyone who is ill.

There is no vaccine and no cure for this viral infection, which typically runs its course in about a week.

Click here to learn more about the currently circulating enterovirus, known as “non-polio EV D-68.”


Flu season is upon us!  Get Your Flu Shot As Soon as Possible
Make sure everyone in your family over the age of 6 months is protected. People with asthma are at higher risk of serious complications from the flu.

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AAFA New England gratefully acknowledges the generous support of our sponsors.

Also see “Breath of Spring” and Kyle Dine Family Concert sponsors on Events pages

Adult and Pediatric Allergy Physicians

Allergy & Asthma Associates

Allergy & Asthma Center of Massachusetts

Allergy & Asthma Treatment Specialists

Asthma & Allergy Affiliates, Inc.


The Behrakis Foundation

Boston Children’s Hospital – Community Asthma Programs

CSL Behring

Lincoln Diagnostics, Inc.

Massachusetts Allergy and Asthma Society

Northeast Asthma, Allergy & Immunology


The Thoracic Foundation


Disclaimer:  The information on this website is for informational and educational purposes only. It should not be used as a substitute for responsible professional care to diagnose and treat specific symptoms. Consult a qualified health care provider for advice about your specific situation.