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Report: Georgia Makes Strides To Help Asthma, Allergy Kids

A national health care foundation is recognizing Georgia for progress made in helping students who suffer from asthma and allergies.

The second-annual report comes from the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America. In it, the non-profit organization grades states and their policies to support elementary and high school kids affected by pollution-related medical conditions. Georgia got an recognition of honorable mention for steps made forward in treatment policies and outdoor air quality.

The report gives Georgia credit for improvements made in two areas. One is legislation to allow students to have and administer the asthma-drug epinephrine while in school, on school property, or at a school-sponsored event. The report also cites the state’s move to limit unnecessary idling of school buses.

The foundation says more than eight million children nationwide suffer from asthma or allergy-related problems, and that it's a growing problem for school kids.

Georgia was grouped with four other 'honorable mention' states for improvements made in policy to help asthma and allergy sufferers in its schools.

The foundation's top-tier of Honor Roll states in the report were the same as last year: Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Rhode Island, Vermont and Washington.

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