Talking Epipen for Anaphylaxis: Jerome Bettis Talks about the Auvi-Q

Jerome Bettis and Auvi-Q creators team up to offer Playbook of anaphylaxis tips for parents and kids.
Jerome Bettis and Auvi-Q creators team up to offer Playbook of anaphylaxis tips for parents and kids.

Heard about the talking epipen for anaphylaxis? Healthy Family recently interviewed former NFL running back Jerome Bettis about the new Auvi-Q talking epipen and his educational book on how to manage anaphylactic allergies.  A long time food allergy sufferer, Bettis agreed to team up with the makers of the Auvi-Q talking epipen to create an allergy education book. The book reads like an NFL playbook. It’s simple yet effective. His goal is to help educate people about this deadly allergy condition.

Former Pittsburgh Steeler Jerome Bettis is well-known as the Bus. Most people have no idea he’s also got anaphylaxis, too. At the age of fifteen he had a severe anaphylactic reaction to shellfish when his throat closed up. His doctor prescribed an epipen and explained the dangers of his condition. Today up to six million Americans may be at risk for anaphylaxis. It is a severe allergic reaction that happens quickly and may cause death if it is not immediately recognized and treated.

What’s the Auvi-Q? It’s a brand new talking epipen product. That’s right: it actually talks to you as you use it. This is why Bettis calls it the best epipen for anaphylaxis. He tells Healthy Family readers it’s a great tool for caregivers who may panic during a life threatening anaphylactic reaction.
Auvi-Q talking epipen may be the best epipen for anaphylaxis. Jerome Bettis and Auvi-Q creators team up to offer Playbook of anaphylaxis tips for parents and kids.
Jerome Bettis & the creators of the talking epipen called “Auvi-Q” created a Playbook of anaphylaxis tips for families.

Bettis has joined forces with Sanofi US to spread awareness about the importance of being properly prepared for anaphylaxis. Together with the makers of the talking epipen called Auvi-Q, they’ve launched The Severe Allergy & Anaphylaxis Playbook. The book includes a guide of valuable “plays” or tips to help people living with severe allergies and their caregivers. It teaches families how to avoid allergens and plan effectively in case of an emergency. The Playbook also includes tips for people with other types of severe allergies as well as food allergies.

Readers will learn about covering sugary drinks to avoid insect stings. The book also explains how to ask a waiter about ingredients at a restaurant.

Bettis believes that following his few simple steps may help reduce the risk of a life-threatening allergic reaction. He also believes switching to the Auvi-Q talking epipen will give families more peace of mind.

Inside the Severe Allergy & Anaphylaxis Playbook:

  • The Bus’ Blitz: Bettis gives his top five “plays” for defending against a severe allergic reaction.
  • Knowing Your Next Move: Bettis offers strategies for avoiding major allergens. These include food, insect stings, latex, and other triggers.
  • Away Game Plan: Bettis gives advice for potentially challenging situations, such as dining out, picnicking, school, and traveling.

Jerome Talks about Auvi-Q in an exclusive interview with Healthy Family that you can watch:

Auvi-Q: the Talking Epipen for Anaphylaxis


If you are at risk for anaphylaxis or know someone who is, download the Playbook at: www.Auvi-Q.com/Playbook. The Auvi-Q talking epipen is small enough to fit in your pocket and tells you step by step instructions on how to use it. The device will work on adults or kids, and best of all, the Auvi-Q tells you when it is done.

Learn more about the Auvi-Q talking epipen and why it’s the best epipen for anaphylaxis according to Bettis.

About Jerome Bettis

NFL football player Jerome Bettis suffers from anaphylaxis and uses Auvi-Q
Jerome Bettis

The former Pittsburgh Steelers Running Back is one of the best all-time running backs in the NFL (6th overall in rushing). Jerome Bettis is also the 2001 recipient of the Walter Payton Man of the Year Award, and has been a finalist on the Hall of Fame list over the last three years.

“The Bus” finished his NFL career in January 2006 after 13 seasons, retiring immediately following the Pittsburgh Steelers’ 21-10 win over the Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl XL in his hometown of Detroit. Bettis was selected to the Pro Bowl six times, including his rookie season. Bettis finished his college career at Notre Dame averaging 5.7 yards per carry and was drafted by the Los Angeles Rams 10th overall in 1993. He was named NFL Co-Rookie of the Year and also earned Sporting News Rookie of the Year and Rams MVP honors. In 1996, Jerome was traded from the Rams to the Steelers. Bettis is also severely allergic to shellfish. Bettis established “The Bus Stops Here Foundation” in 1996 to help improve the quality of life for disadvantaged and underprivileged children.

In 2002, he was named the NFL Walter Payton Man of the Year for his community involvement and work by his foundation. Bettis and his wife Trameka, live in Atlanta, Ga. with their daughter Jada and son Jerome. The Bettis’ also maintain a home in Pittsburgh, Pa.

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