No one should die from an asthma attack or severe allergic reaction.

Epinephrine Auto-Injector Assistance.

There are PLENTY of ways you can obtain epinephrine auto-injectors for a highly discounted or $0 co-pay. PLEASE note that epinephrine is the only treatment for a severe allergic reaction. Talk to your health care provider about which one is right for your family.

CLICK on the image to the left for ALL the current assistance programs in 2018.

Ventolin hfa 60-dose quick-relief inhaler

This 60-dose quick-relief inhaler is only available at Target pharmacies with a prescription.  This inhaler can be a less expensive inhaler option for those who have well-controlled asthma and are not needing to use their quick-relief inhaler very often.  The retail price fluctuates, but is currently under $25 without any insurance (cash price).  With insurance the price can be much less.

If a quick-relief inhaler is needed for exercise pre-treatment, a 200-dose inhaler may be more economical.                        This information is NOT intended to replace healthcare provider - please consult a healthcare provider for medical questions.

      Free or low-cost health coverage available

Children in a family of 4, earning up to $47.700 a year or more may qualify. Check it out to see if your child qualifies.

Frequently asked questions

  • Is my school obligated to allow my child to use the school's nebulizer?    No 
  • Nebraska schools are not obligated to share the nebulizer compressor which is required for schools to have in order to be in compliance with the Rule 59 protocol, Emergency Response to Life-Threatening Asthma or Severe Allergic Reactions (Anaphylaxis).  That said, AIRE Nebraska does encourage schools to share the school's nebulizer compressor for those students who might need the occasional use of the nebulizer compressor.  The recommendation of sharing of the school's compressor is based on the occasional usage and the student must supply the medication for nebulizing, the nebulizer (cup), tubing and mask (if necessary) as the school is not responsible for supplying medication or durable medical equipment to students.  The school's medication, EpiPen & albuterol for nebulizing, is there for life-threatening emergencies ONLY!
    AIRE Nebraska would recommend that students needing regular treatments, i.e. exercise pre-treatment, consult their physician regarding the use of the inhaler with a valved holding chamber or, if need be, a prescription for a compressor to be kept at school for that student's specific use during the school day.

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Back to school with  asthma

If your child has been diagnosed with asthma, reactive airways disease or chronic bronchitis and has been prescribed medicine to take "as needed for breathing problems, please remember to work with your child's school so that they can take care of your child while they are under their care.  Click below for a checklist of things to provide the school and other things to think about.

back to school with severe allergy

If your child has been diagnosed with a potentially life-threatening allergy (prescribed epinephrine auto-injector), it is important to work with your child's school so that they can make reasonable accommodations and take care of your child in an emergent situation.

the Rule 59 protocol:
Emergency Response to Life-threatening Asthma or Systemic Allergic Reactions (Anaphylaxis)

Saving the lives of Nebraska's children

All schools in Nebraska - public, parochial and private - are to be prepared to respond to life-threatening asthma and anaphylaxis emergencies.  The protocol directs school staff to identify signs and symptoms of a breathing emergency and respond by calling 911, administering an EpiPen and following with nebulized albuterol. 

In partnership with the Nebraska Department of Education, AIRE Nebraska is the non-profit organization assisting schools with education and training related to this protocol.

The school's stock EpiPen and albuterol DO NOT replace a child's own prescribed medications for asthma or allergy management at school. 

Parents are expected to ensure their children continue to have school-day access to emergency medications; auto-injectable epinephrine, metered-dose inhalers (MDIs), albuterol for nebulizing (to include neb cup & tubing) AND to have an asthma/allergy action plan on file with the school