Asthma


Asthma Management: A Priority for Schools

- An average of one out of every 10 school-age children has asthma.
- Asthma is a leading cause of school absenteeism.
- Each year, 10.5 million school days are missed due to asthma.
- Asthma can be controlled through medical treatment and management of environmental triggers
- Asthma is a serious, sometimes life-threatening respiratory disease that affects 24.6 million Americans, including 7.1 million children.
- Although there is no cure for asthma, it can be controlled through medical treatment and management of environmental triggers.
Statistics are from National Health Statistics Reports, "Asthma Prevalence, Health Care Use, and Mortality: United States, 2005-2009," Lara J. Akinbami, M.D., Office of Analysis and Epidemiology, National Center for Health Statistics; Jeanne E. Moorman, M.S., National Center for Environmental Health; and Xiang Liu, M.Sc., Office of Analysis and Epidemiology, National Center for Health Statistics, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services, Number 32, January 12, 2011.

American Lung Association - Asthma

Back to School with Asthma Checklist from the American Lung Association

CDC Strategies for Addressing Asthma in Schools

EPA information - Asthma

Managing Asthma: A Guide for Schools (2014 Edition):  This guide from the National Institutes of Health provides school personnel with guidance on practical ways to implement effective asthma management in school settings.

Managing Asthma in the Schools Environment

The Asthma Community Network

Asthma Triggers

Download the AIRNow App from EPA for your computer or mobile device to get location-specific reports on current air quality and air quality forecasts for both ozone and fine particle pollution (PM2.5).

Asthma apps listing from the American Lung Association